It was just a couple of weeks ago that we had to give the community the bad news about losing Delta service to Cincinnati at the end of August. Now we have good news…
It was our pleasure this morning to announce that Allegiant Air is adding a new destination from the Springfield-Branson National Airport: Phoenix.
Non-stop flights begin October 22 with two flights a week on Wednesday and Saturday. With this addition, Allegiant now provides our airport with four destination cities: Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa…and now…Phoenix.
This is very, very good news…especially in light of what’s happening to communities across the country, as airlines reduce and cut service. The addition of this new service…on a low-cost airline…tells us that our air market is far from being down and out. Allegiant began flying from here three years ago…providing low-cost fares to just one place: Las Vegas By the end of its first full month of operation in Springfield…that was in May of 2005…it flew about 14-hundred passengers.
Fast forward to May of this year—Allegiant flew 6,300 passengers from Springfield. Allegiant has grown from being our smallest airline, when measured by passengers, to being our fourth largest. In the process of providing low-cost fares, the airline has helped our community by raising customer awareness—more and more people are discovering that sometimes you can fly from Springfield for less than Tulsa, Kansas City, or St. Louis.
We are certainly not immune to the problems facing the airline business, but today’s announcement of new service is further proof of the strength of our community and the strength of our airport. Read the Allegiant press release here.