Allegiant announced 10 new routes to 14 cities – LSB

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Budget carrier Allegiant Air has announced 10 new routes across 14 different airports.

Allegiant’s bases in Los Angeles and Knoxville, Tennessee, were big winners, each landing three new nonstop routes. Other destinations receiving multiple new routes include Florida airports serving Jacksonville and St. Petersburg.

Allegiant said it is the only carrier to offer nonstop service on the new 10 routes announced Monday.

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“This expansion caters to passengers and communities we feel have been overlooked by other carriers,” Drew Wells, Allegiant’s chief revenue officer, said in a statement. “Allegiant’s unique business model, connecting small to medium-sized cities with vacation destinations, creates accessible travel options that we believe markets are missing.”

Also included in Allegiant’s expansion are new flights from two unusual second airports in the airline network.

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Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) will receive twice-weekly nonstop flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Several airlines already fly nonstop between Chicago and Los Angeles, but Allegiant will be the only one to fly the route from RFD.

Although RFD bears Chicago’s official name, the airport in Rockford, Illinois is located approximately 85 miles west of Chicago’s downtown Loop neighborhood. In the early 2000s the airport added the Chicago name to its title in an attempt to position itself as an alternative airport to the much busier – and much closer – O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). Allegiant is the only airline with service to Rockford Airport, while it offers seasonal or year-round service to eight other destinations.

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The other secondary airport receiving new Allegiant service is MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV), located 25 miles from downtown St. Louis near Belleville, Illinois. The airport opened to commercial flights in the late 1990s amid concerns about overcrowding at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), the metro area’s primary airport. However, with a new runway at STL and reduced flights — American dropped the hub it inherited from TWA in the mid-2000s — the airport is operating well below capacity. Like RFD, Allegiant is the only airline scheduled with regular passenger service to BLV.

Allegiant’s full schedule of 10 new routes is detailed below.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

  • Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD): Service begins June 12 with two flights per week
  • Texas’ Laredo International Airport (LRD): Service begins June 12 with two flights per week (seasonal)
  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) in South Dakota: Service begins June 14 with two flights per week. (seasonal)

Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) in Florida: Service begins June 14 with two flights per week.
  • MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) in Belleville, Illinois: Service begins June 13 with two flights per week.
  • South Bend International Airport (SBN) in Indiana: Service begins June 14 with two flights per week. (seasonal)

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Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

  • Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), Pennsylvania: Service begins June 14 with two flights per week
  • McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS): Service begins June 14 with two flights per week

St. Pete—Clearwater International Airport (PIE) in Florida

  • Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) in Indiana: Service begins June 13 with two flights per week
  • McAllen International Airport (MFE), Texas: Service begins June 14 with two flights per week.

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida

  • New York’s Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG): Service begins June 12 with two flights per week

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