By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Allegiant Air announced Tuesday that it will open a base at Punta Gorda Airport in Southwest Florida. The leisure carrier will start base operations with one 150-seat MD-80 and four new destinations.
“Southwest Florida has been a successful part of our vacation destination offerings for some time,” said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. “Having a base at Punta Gorda Airport will allow us to give more of our markets access to the Southwest Florida coast and offer travelers more affordable vacation options. We are happy to partner with an airport that operates in a low-cost, efficient manner, which allows us to pass the savings on to our customer.”
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Base operations will begin June 27, and include service to Fort Wayne, Ind.; Niagra Falls, N.Y.; Peoria, Ill.; and South Bend, Ind.
“We are very pleased with this expansion of service to Punta Gorda Airport by Allegiant,” said Kathleen Coppola, Chair of the Charlotte County Airport Authority.
Allegiant began flying to Punta Gorda in December 2008. Since then, the carrier has added flights to Greenville, SC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lexington, Ky.
The new base will be the ninth for Allegiant, and fourth in the state of Florida. Its other bases include Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Sanford, and St. Petersburg-Clearwater.