Allegiant Air is to establish an 18th US base – after revealing it will set-up a two-aircraft base at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in Pennsylvania.
The Las Vegas-based company is investing US$50 million in the new operation and will station two Airbus aircraft at ABE. It will start the new base on 12 February, 2020.
“Lehigh Valley is a perfect location for a permanent base, which will further establish Allegiant as a hometown airline in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant.
“It has been a great area for Allegiant, where passenger demand has grown steadily over the years. As a base airport, having locally based aircraft and crews will give us a host of options for both new service and expanded operational hours. This will mean more opportunities for affordable, convenient travel for local residents and visitors to the area.”
Allegiant began operating at ABE in 2005 and operates seven routes – to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater and Punta Gorda, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia. Allegiant currently carries more than 280,000 passengers annually through Lehigh Valley.