Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air will establish a new base at Orlando International Airport (MCO) on February 1, 2010 and will initially serve 10 U.S. cities from the base.
Allegiant Air, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company, currently offers nonstop, scheduled service to Orlando from 31 U.S. cities via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). The 10 selected cities reflect a portion of the company’s current operation at Sanford which will move to Orlando International Airport on February 1.
The airline says the move will provide its customers with more convenient access to the popular theme parks in Orlando and allows Allegiant Air to remain competitive in the markets it serves. Allegiant will continue to offer flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport from 21 other cities.
“Moving these markets from Orlando-Sanford to Orlando International accomplishes two things for Allegiant,” says Robert Ashcroft, vice president of planning for Allegiant Air. “First, it allows us to be responsive to the many Orlando travelers who prefer the proximity of Orlando International to the most prominent attractions in the Orlando area, including, most obviously, Walt Disney World. Second, it improves our position relative to competitors with service to Orlando International.”
“The decision by Allegiant to launch service from Orlando International Airport adds new air service options and access for Central Florida travelers,” says Vicki Jaramillo, director of marketing for Orlando International Airport. “It also positions this airport as Florida’s leader in service by low-cost carriers by adding Allegiant’s schedule to the current 2,900 flights operating per week.”
To kick off its new MCO service, Allegiant is offering introductory fares from $45.99 each way (plus the airline’s raft of effectively unavoidable service fees, plus U.S. government taxes and charges) to and from MCO. Listed in chronological order of service launch, the 10 cities Allegiant will serve from Orlando International Airport are:
● Knoxville, Tennessee, with flights beginning on February 1 and fares from $49.99 each way;
● Lexington, Kentucky, with flights beginning on February 1 and fares from $57.99 each way;
● Allentown, Pennsylvania, with flights beginning on February 8 and fares from $59.99 each way;
● Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, with flights beginning on February 8 and fares from $45.99 each way;
● Grand Rapids, Michigan, with flights beginning on February 12 and fares from $79.99 each way;
● Springfield, Missouri, with flights beginning on February 15 and fares from $79.99 each way;
● Tri-Cities, Tennessee, with flights beginning on February 15 and fares from $47.99 each way;
● Huntington, West Virginia, with flights beginning on February 16 and fares from $59.99 each way;
● Youngstown, Ohio, with flights beginning on March 4 and fares from $59.99 each way; and
● Des Moines, Iowa, with flights beginning on March 5 and fares from $79.99 each way.
By March 5, 2010, the leisure-focused carrier will base five, 150-seat McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jets at MCO. The new base is the carrier’s eighth scheduled service base: Allegiant also has scheduled service bases in Las Vegas; Sanford, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Bellingham, Washington; Phoenix; Los Angeles and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. Allegiant currently provides nonstop scheduled service to and from 69 U.S. cities.
Reservations can be made on the airline’s website at www.allegiantair.com, through Allegiant’s reservations and information center at 702-505-8888 or through professional travel agents.
Allegiant charges a convenience fee of $14 per passenger to book on allegiantair.com. A convenience fee of $14 per passenger, plus $10 per segment, applies when a passenger buys a ticket through Allegiant Air call centers. However, purchases made at any Allegiant Air airport ticket office do not incur a convenience or call-center fee.
When purchased at the time of booking, a first-checked-bag fee of $15 to $20 per bag and a second-checked-bag fee of $25 applies per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment applies for the first two bags checked. Additional, higher fees apply for three or more checked bags.