Allegiant Air Announces Provo as New Four-Aircraft Base for Airline | News, Sports, Jobs





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Passengers depart an Allegiant Air flight at Provo Municipal Airport Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Allegiant Travel Company on Tuesday announced plans to establish a four-plane base at Provo Airport. The Las Vegas-based company will invest approximately $95 million to establish the new base of operations, creating at least 157 new high-paying jobs.

“Unlike most airlines which operate on a hub-and-spoke system, we fly on a ’round trip’ network where crews depart from a base, fly their day and return to base every evening. It’s also a benefit for our crew members, who sleep in their own beds at night, see their families, and truly live in their home communities,” according to Allegiant executives.

Provo’s announcement is a significant investment for the airline.

According to the airline, the $95 million represents the investment Allegiant is making in the equipment, infrastructure, employees and supplies that will be needed to establish its base operations.

One of the advantages of a base in Provo, according to the company, is that flights will depart from the local airport, allowing residents to depart early in the morning to maximize their vacation time.

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An Allegiant Air flight is guided by a line service technician after landing at Provo Municipal Airport Thursday, April 16, 2020.

The company, which focuses on connecting travelers from small and medium towns to leisure destinations, plans to begin base operations in Provo on Nov. 16.

“We are excited to expand alongside Provo, a market with phenomenal growth and convenient access to some of Utah’s most popular destinations,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs at Allegiant. “Allegiant understands the value of Provo Airport. Building on the success of eight existing routes at PVU, our investment means having aircraft and crew based locally, opening the door to future new destination opportunities for residents.

Allegiant began operating out of Provo Airport in 2013 and currently offers eight nonstop routes – Austin and Houston, Texas; St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida; Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona; and Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Orange County, California. To date, Allegiant has transported over 700,000 passengers through Provo.

“Allegiant Air has found an audience with its unique travel brand focused on low-cost, nonstop flights to popular destinations without the hassle of layovers and connections,” said Brian Torgersen, Acting Airport Manager, Provo. . “We are excited to launch a new era of travel at Provo Airport, with the expansion of Allegiant’s base operations being key to our future success.”

The formula seems to work because Provo is now the second busiest airport in Utah.

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Passengers depart an Allegiant Air flight at Provo Municipal Airport Thursday, April 16, 2020. Allegiant announced a flight from Provo to Austin, Texas.

“By investing in vital infrastructure, we have created economic opportunities for Provo rather than waiting for them,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “While many will appreciate the personal conveniences of flying from a regional airport, including shorter routes and personalized service, the economic benefits are substantial, with each new round-trip destination contributing approximately $15 million to our economy. local, regional and national.

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,300 crew members across the United States, plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support operations. Most new positions are expected to offer salaries that are more than double the average state salary.



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