Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Allegiant Air launching 8 new nonstop flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA)

Low-cost airline Allegiant Air will now be taking off for eight additional destinations from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The Las Vegas-based airline and airport officials announced the service expansion Tuesday morning. With the additional routes, Allegiant now offers nonstop flights to 46 destinations from the East Valley airport.

The eight new routes include flights to major Midwest destinations Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis/Belleville as well as Boise, Idaho and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida.

“Eight new destinations are a further testament to the growing strength of the Phoenix East Valley market,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “Today’s announcement by our airline partner Allegiant is great news for air travelers and the East Valley economy.”

Tuesday's announcement is the biggest service expansion for Allegiant at the Mesa airport since it launched there a decade ago.

“These eight new routes show that local travelers have continued to embrace Allegiant’s unique brand of ultra-low-cost fares and nonstop service to destinations around the country,” said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior vice president of commercial. “We are so grateful to our loyal customers in the area for helping us grow here and are excited to offer nonstop flights to these eight cities at a fare that everyone can afford.”

More than 1.3 million passengers traveled through Gateway Airport last year and airport officials anticipate a sharp increase in passenger activity with Allegiant's eight new routes.

“Air travelers across the region have long been requesting additional airline services at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport,” said J. Brian O’Neill., executive director/CEO of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “I commend Allegiant for their continued investment in the greater Phoenix market. We are committed to working hard to ensure these new flights are very successful.”

Gateway Airport also is in the midst of a handful of construction projects to enhance service at the airport.

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