Allegiant to open 20th aircraft base in Des Moines in May 2020

Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has announced it plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Des Moines International Airport (DSM), establishing the airlines 20th base of operations, the company said.

A USD 50 million investment will locate two Airbus A320 aircraft in Des Moines, bringing at least 66 new, high-wage jobs to the community. The Las Vegas-based carrier will begin base operations at DSM on May 14, 2020.

Allegiant began service at DSM in 2003 and currently offers eight non-stop routes — to Orlando-Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater, Punta Gorda, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Sarasota, Florida; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Allegiant in 2018 carried more than 232,000 annual passengers through Des Moines, and is on track to eclipse that number in 2019.

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,300 team members across the US, said it plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the operations. The majority of the new positions are expected to offer salaries that are more than double the state´s average wage. Interested applicants may apply online.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences – from vacations to hometown family entertainment.

The Des Moines Airport Authority is an independent entity that oversees the operations and maintenance of the Des Moines International Airport.