Airline to Launch Low-Cost Service May 1 , Fares as Low as
LOS ANGELES , Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Low-cost airline, Allegiant Air, LLC, a subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq: ALGT), today announced it will establish a new base in the world-class, leisure destination Los Angeles , with low-fare, nonstop jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning May 1 .
Flying to/from America's favorite small cities, Allegiant plans to launch the new service with flights to LAX from 12 markets already served by the carrier. Introductory low fares begin as low as
"We're extremely pleased to add Los Angeles and the Southern California region to our growing roster of world-class leisure destinations," Maurice J. Gallagher , Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "This is an exciting new market for our airline and our customers. We look forward to a successful relationship with the airport, area resorts and community leaders."
"Allegiant Air has operated successfully in a very challenging aviation marketplace by attracting travelers with the right mix of service options and value," said Gina Marie Lindsey , executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).
To announce the new route, on online contest took place at the company's website. Nearly 50,000 entries were made to guess the airline's newest destination.
The self-proclaimed "Official Airline for Sunshine" will base two 150-seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport. This new base will serve as the sixth world-class, leisure destination for the Las Vegas -based airline, which also serves McCarran International Airport ( Las Vegas ), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport.
With the addition of Los Angeles , Allegiant Air currently provides nonstop scheduled service to 70 U.S. cities. The low-cost carrier provides nonstop service from 40 U.S. markets to Las Vegas , 12 markets to Los Angeles , 15 markets to Phoenix - Mesa , 30 markets to Orlando and 20 markets to the Tampa Bay area and from six markets to Fort Lauderdale . In addition to its scheduled service, the airline also operates charter service throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada .
Through the company's Allegiant Vacations division, Allegiant will offer low-cost hotel packages with many premiere hotels in the Los Angeles and Southern California area, including: Sheraton Universal Hotel, Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Marina del Ray Marriott and The Westin Los Angeles Airport. The company will provide low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.
Reservations can be made on the airline's website at www.allegiantair.com, through the airline's Reservations and Information Center at 702-505-8888 or through professional travel agents. Those seeking employment information are encouraged to visit www.allegiantair.com/aaCareers.php.
About the introductory, one-way fares:
*Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by March 11, 2009 for travel completed by Sept. 30, 2009 . Offer not available May 22-25, 2009 and July 2-6, 2009 . Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to
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The twice-a-week service offers expansion potential, said John Wood, Lincoln Airport's executive director.