On 19 February, Allegiant Air celebrated its first anniversary of services from Pittsburgh, the same day on which the carrier launched services from the facility to New Orleans and West Palm Beach. In celebration, the airport held a Mardi Gras-themed ‘pack your bags and fly’ contest. Allegiant Air inaugurated services to Pittsburgh on 11 February 2015, and since then the carrier has flown more than 130,000 passengers, opened a base at the facility, and expanded service to eight destinations.
- Allegiant Air commenced services on four US domestic routes on the 18 and 19 February, with two services launching from Punta Gorda (PGD) on the former date, while a further two launched from Pittsburgh (PIT) on the latter date. All services will operate twice-weekly, with none of the four facing any direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. However, Southwest Airlines will recommence seasonal services later this year between Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach. Commenting on the launch of services from Punta Gorda, Jude Bricker, Allegiant Air’s COO, said: “Allegiant Air is very pleased to launch these new routes from Belleville/St. Louis and Harrisburg to beautiful southwest Florida. From golfing, fishing, beach lounging and more, we look forward to bringing these new visitors to experience Fort Myers and to stimulate economic growth in the area.” It is expected that Punta Gorda’s two new routes will bring nearly 38,000 additional visitors each year to the Fort Myers area, generating an estimated $56 million annually in total visitor spending.
||Punta Gorda (PGD)
||Belleville/St. Louis (BLV)
||New Orleans (MSY)
|West Palm Beach (PBI)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 23 February 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.