MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
This is good news for BTR. It's a growing market!
Allegiant Air to Inaugurate Scheduled Non-Stop Service between Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and Las Vegas
Tuesday March 16, 11:01 am ET
Airline is Offering $89 Introductory Fare; Will Use 161-seat MD-83 On Route
BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2004-- Allegiant Air announced today that it will inaugurate low-fare non-stop scheduled jet service between Baton Rouge and Las Vegas, with new flights to the fun and entertainment capital set to start on Monday, May 10, 2004.
Starting today, the Las Vegas-based low fare airline will offer introductory fares as low as $89 each way on flights between Baton Rouge and Las Vegas. Reservations can be made on the airline's website at www.allegiantair.com, through the airline's Reservations Center at 888-594-6937 and through professional travel agents.
Allegiant is also offering complete air and hotel vacation packages to Las Vegas starting at $217 per person featuring round-trip air and three hotel nights through its Allegiant Vacations program.
Allegiant said the new Baton Rouge--Las Vegas service will initially operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week. The carrier will use 161-seat MD-83 aircraft on the route.
"We are extremely pleased to extend the Allegiant brand of low-fare non-stop jet service to the people of Baton Rouge and surrounding communities," said Maurice J. Gallagher, the airline's president & CEO. "This is an exciting development for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled non-stop service between Baton Rouge and Las Vegas. The community has made it clear there is strong demand for more convenient low fare non-stop flights to Las Vegas," said Gallagher.
Baton Rouge Mayor Bobby Simpson stated, "Baton Rouge travelers welcome our first truly 'low fare' airline. Now that Allegiant will serve Baton Rouge with low fare flights to Las Vegas area travelers can fly non-stop to one of the top leisure destinations in the world, and a convenient connecting point to other destinations in the west."
According to Allegiant, starting Monday, May 10 flights will depart Baton Rouge at 7:30 AM arriving in Las Vegas at 9:15 AM. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 12:55 AM arriving in Baton Rogue at 6:20 AM (all flight times are local).
Allegiant's $89 introductory fare is good on Monday and Tuesday departures from Baton Rouge and Thursday and Friday departures from Las Vegas. The fare must be purchased by Saturday, April 17, 2004 and is valid for travel through December 31, 2004. Seats at the sale price are limited and subject to availability. Fares on other departure days are set at $99 during the sale period. After April 17, the airline's regular one-way rates on the route range from $109 to $199. (Fares quoted do not include PFC's, segment fees, and security fees up to $8.60 per segment.)
Allegiant Vacations, the airline's vacation division featuring complete air and hotel Las Vegas vacation packages, is offering packages starting at $217 per person, roundtrip. The introductory package rate includes airfare and four hotel nights, double occupancy at the Four Queens if booked by April 10, 2004. Travel on the introductory vacation package rate is available on Monday and Tuesday departures commencing May 10 and must be completed by December 31, 2004. Longer stays and other properties are available at other rates. (Package rates quoted do not include PFC's, segment fees, and security fees up to $8.60 per segment.)
Allegiant Vacations offers a choice of 21 Las Vegas hotel properties including the Venetian, Paris, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Mirage, Golden Nugget, Excalibur, Tropicana, Bally's, Flamingo, Four Queens, Riviera, Frontier, Luxor, Circus Circus, Imperial Palace, Hotel San Remo, Gold Coast, Boardwalk, Westin Causarina and Stardust.
Reservations for Allegiant's new Baton Rouge--Las Vegas flights and vacation packages can be confirmed on its website at www.allegiantair.com, through local professional travel agents, or by calling its reservation centers at 888-594-6937 for "air only" and 800-432-3810 for Allegiant Vacations packages.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
BTR has a population of about 200,000 and a metro of over 500,000, so there is a decent population base in the area. Four weekly flights is probably an adequate number, I wouldn't expect it to go daily. Thankfully, BTR is not an all-RJ airport. Delta still offers 737-200 service to ATL, and now Allegiant to LAS.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2264 times:
and a metro of over 500,000
Pushing 800,000 actually.
Thankfully, BTR is not an all-RJ airport. Delta still offers 737-200 service to ATL, and now Allegiant to LAS.
And CO 733s to IAH (though oftentimes subs with RJs)
BTR basically offered its ass to this or any other airline that would offer low fares. With the exception of nonstops to DFW, prices at BTR are often 20-50% higher than MSY, which costs the smaller port a good bit of business.
Good to see their effort finally coming to fruition. Their other goals include regaining a CHI nonstop, as well as one to WAS, NYC, and ORL.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5738 posts, RR: 16 Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2242 times:
Interesting that the announcement came today. In the article I linked last week about potential BTR service, it was mentioned that BTR was considering a $438,048 incentive package for Allegiant. But the package supposedly was going to be considered by the city's Finance and Executive Committee on March 17 and then the full Metro Council on March 24.
Allegiant is either confident in the market or is confident the incentives will be approved.
Flyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
I deal with Allegiant on a fairly regular basis, as we handle their charters out of TUS. They seem to be headed in the right direction. It's nice for some smaller cities to get decent, low fare service, even if it is only to LAS.
I see Allegiant as being very similiar to what Spirit was years back, of course being the west coast version. If they continue to grow, I dare say they would be perfect for merging...covering a larger portion of the country and giving Spirit a west coast base. Food for thought anyhow.
I wonder if Allegiant would consider doing schedule service out of Phoenix/Williams Gateway? They have done charters in the past and would be a decent alternative to Sky Harbor for people living in the ever growing east valley.
MikeM2648 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 102 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
I flew Allegiant from LAN - AS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS last fall and it was a nice trip! The seat pitch on the plane was the worst I have ever seen though. I wasn't expecting much on a ticket that cheep so I really was not disapointed. Did they reconfigure the cabin on their aircraft after aquiring them? I feel like the cost cutting is deep with them! The plane I road was clearly from SAS as it was still painted in SAS colors with the exception of one of the S's blue'd out. The tail said "AS" ..hehehe. Who does their maintenance and why wouldn't they repaint their AC after aquiring them?
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4305 posts, RR: 22 Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
Shame we didn't get Allegiant in TOL instead of TMA. Probably would have been fewer nightmares...and we may be seeing TMA exit TOL in the next couple weeks. Not because of loads or profitability...but because none of the local airlines want to ground handle their flights anymore. AA's current contract ends at the end of the month due to all the nightmares TMA has caused. Thankfully they finally fired their local station manager (TMA)...so they are headed in the right direction, hopefully.
Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5738 posts, RR: 16 Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
This morning (Wed) the Baton Rouge paper is reporting on the announcement.
Interesting comment in this article. Supposedly Allegiant will be adding 9 cities this year. A few remain to be announced so let the guessing begin.
As I said earlier, the incentives for Allegiant at BTR still need to be approved. The paper says the package comes to $18,257 a month for the next 2 years. The reporter even says the same idea I had, that approval must be a done deal since G4 already announced the service.