Allegiant Travel Company Plans Austin, Texas, International Airport Hub
The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations in Austin in November 2021, which will include housing three Airbus A320 aircraft.
"Austin has been a really exciting location for Allegiant, not only do leisure travelers appreciate having convenient access to the incredible music scene, cultural and historic attractions the community has to offer, but local residents have also flocked to our affordable, nonstop flights for their travel needs," said Drew Wells, Allegiant's senior vice president of revenue.
Allegiant began operating at AUS in October 2013 with service from Austin to Las Vegas and currently offers 14 nonstop routes. Since establishing service, Allegiant said it has flown more than 1.1 million passengers through Austin.
"AUS is excited for this investment in our community and the South Terminal's ability to accommodate Allegiant's growth," said Mookie Patel, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport chief of business and finance. "Allegiant establishing Austin as a base provides strong economic support to Central Texas and even more convenient and affordable ways to travel."
Unlike most other airlines, Allegiant notes it operates an "out-and-back" network, with exclusively nonstop flights, meaning each day's flying starts and ends at a base, rather than connecting traffic through busy hub airports. The base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will bring additional flexibility for flight times and future route opportunities, as locally-based crew members return home nightly to Austin.
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