Allegiant to Return All Orlando Operations to Orlando Sanford International Airport

Oct 26, 2010, 13:12 ET from Allegiant Travel Company

SANFORD, Fla., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- – Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) today announces it will consolidate all of its Orlando air service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) beginning Feb. 1, 2011.  The company, which currently operates 29 routes to and from the Orlando area, will move the 10 routes it serves from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Sanford.

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"Our customers prefer the convenience and simplicity of Sanford, and we're pleased to respond to their overwhelming requests to return all of our Orlando service to the airport," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, says.  "Additionally, the substantially lower airport operating costs coupled with the more efficient operating environment at Orlando Sanford made this the right decision for Allegiant."

"I am pleased Allegiant is planning to expand its operations at Orlando Sanford International Airport," says U.S. Rep. John Mica.  "This airport provides great access and convenience to Central Florida for visitors and residents, bringing low-cost, high quality, nonstop service to underserved markets.  As a major carrier at Orlando Sanford, Allegiant's impact on this region is significant and I congratulate them."

Allegiant will move service from Orlando International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport as follows:

- Allentown, Pa. –  Feb. 1, 2011

- Knoxville, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2011

- Des Moines, Iowa – Feb. 2, 2011

- Lexington, Ky. – Feb. 4, 2011

- Grand Rapids, Mich. – Feb. 3, 2011

- Springfield, Mo. – Feb. 4, 2011

- Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. – Feb. 1, 2011

- Tri-Cities, Tenn. – Feb. 4, 2011

- Huntington, W.V. – Feb. 4, 2011

- Youngstown, Ohio – Feb. 2, 2011

Allegiant began service to the Orlando area via the Orlando Sanford International Airport May 26, 2005, with nonstop flights to four markets.  Today, the company serves 29 markets to the Orlando area including: Appleton, Wis., Bangor, Maine, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chattanooga, Tenn., Duluth, Minn., Elmira, N.Y., Fargo, N.D., Fort Wayne, Ind., Greensboro, N.C., McAllen, Texas, Northwest Arkansas, Owensboro, Ky., Plattsburgh, N.Y., Roanoke, Va., Rockford, Ill., Sioux Falls, S.D., South Bend, Ind., Toledo, Ohio, and Wilmington, N.C.  

By consolidating the operations to a single airport in the Orlando area, Allegiant is able to keep costs down and offer its customers the best travel deals.  Allegiant currently bases five MD-80 series jet aircraft at Orlando International Airport and as of Feb. 1, 2011, the aircraft will move to Orlando Sanford International Airport to support the additional flights.  Allegiant began service from Orlando International Airport Feb. 1, 2010.

Reservations may be made through the company's website at www.allegiant.com or by calling Allegiant's travel experts at 702-505-8888.

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week's Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine's Fastest-Growing Companies list.  Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant's Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiant or follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegiantair.  

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