On 4 February, New Orleans welcomed a new airline, namely Allegiant Air that arrived with twice-weekly flights to Cincinnati. The LCC also introduced twice-weekly operations to Columbus, Indianapolis and Orlando Sanford the following day. To celebrate the achievement, a cake eating contest was held at Cincinnati Airport shortly before the first flight returned to New Orleans.
Celebrations continued at Indianapolis Airport, which commemorated Allegiant Air’s inaugural flight to New Orleans with a ribbon cutting in the terminal on 5 February.
- Allegiant Air touched down in New Orleans (MSY) for the first time with the launch of four routes during the course of last week. Firstly, the LCC introduced twice-weekly flights on the 1,127-kilometre sector to Cincinnati (CVG) on 4 February, a route served until 5 May. The following day, Allegiant Air commenced flights to Columbus (LCK), Indianapolis (IND) and Orlando Sanford (SFB), all of which are served by the airline’s 166-seat MD-80s. There is no other airline serving these airport pairs. Commenting on the arrival of the LCC, Iftikhar Ahmad, Airport Director of Aviation, New Orleans, said: “We have been in discussions with Allegiant Air since I came to New Orleans, and I am very pleased to announce our efforts have paid off. This service creates new non-stop destinations for New Orleans and incremental tourism passengers, who otherwise would not have had direct access to our great city. With ultra-low fares and non-stop, all-jet service, Allegiant Air provides a complete travel experience with great value.” New Orleans Airport is analysed in more detail in this week’s airport profile. See how New Orleans Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
||New Orleans, LA (MSY)
||Cincinnati, OH (CVG)
||Columbus, OH (LCK)
|Indianapolis, IA (IND)
|Orlando Sanford, FL (SFB)
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 February 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.