Allegiant Travel Company Plans New Grand Rapids, Michigan Hub
As part of today's presentation, the company also announced service to two new cities, Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia. According to company officials, Allegiant is investing more than $42 million to establish its new base of operations. The company plans to begin its base operations at Gerald R. Ford International Airport on June 4, 2019.
"Grand Rapids has been a great city for Allegiant, with solid demand and steady growth over the years," said Keith Hansen, Vice President of Government Affairs for Allegiant. "It's a perfect location for a permanent base, where having locally-based aircraft and crews will open a world of opportunity to expand options for both new service and operational hours. This will make travel even more convenient and affordable for both residents and visitors to the area, and further establish Allegiant as a hometown airline for Grand Rapids."
Grand Rapids will become the airline's 16th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from the city, offer more new non-stop routes in the future, and further connect Grand Rapids businesses, residents and visitors to destinations around the world.
"Allegiant's decision to open a base at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a big win for the region, and will have a ripple effect through our economy beyond the initial jobs and investment," said Birgit Klohs, President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc. and member of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board. "It speaks to the strength of our growing airport, which is critical for companies doing business in West Michigan and beyond."
"Michigan's economy continues to soar ahead, and Allegiant Air's decision to expand here rather than in other states underscores the strength of our business environment and talented workforce. We thank Allegiant for expanding its presence at GRR and for recognizing Grand Rapids' attractiveness as a place to do business," said Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC. "We're pleased to collaborate with our local partners and support this investment, which will not only mean good jobs for our residents but will also bring more convenient, affordable flight options to Michigan travelers."
"Echoing our community partners, the team here at GRR is excited that Allegiant has made the decision to establish a base at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport," said Brian Picardat, Interim President and CEO, Gerald R. Ford International Airport. "This will bring additional jobs to West Michigan and more travel options for passengers. Thank you to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and The Right Place for their assistance in bringing this base to Grand Rapids."
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