Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has begun operating flights with Indiana-based crews and aircraft from Indianapolis International Airport (IND), providing a foundation for future growth in the Hoosier State, the company said.
Allegiant´s 13th permanent base of operations opens with two Airbus aircraft and more than 80 locally based personnel.
The Indianapolis base is expected to significantly boost Allegiant´s economic impact in the state of Indiana. According to a recent study by Campbell-Hill Aviation, in 2016 Allegiant generated more than USD 118 million in economic benefit to the state, bringing more than 68,000 new visitors and supporting more than 1,000 jobs.
With a unique focus on leisure travelers, Allegiant flies all nonstop service built around an “out-and-back” model whereby aircraft and crews return to base after a day of flying. Having aircraft and crew based in Indianapolis affords the opportunity for additional routes to non-base cities such as Charleston, South Carolina and Sarasota, Florida — two recently announced routes set to begin service in April.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to more than 85 aircraft and 350 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana´s largest airport system in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Regional Airport and Metropolitan Airport. IND generates a USD 5.4 billion total annual economic impact for Central Indiana — without relying on state or local taxes to fund operations.