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Allegiant To Announce GPT-LAS Nonstop!  
User currently offlineDLCnxgptjax From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Here's a linke to the article!

link

Someone posted in the new Allegiant cities thread that they would be announcing GPT service. Well here it is!

[Edited 2007-03-22 15:27:41]

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User currently offlineS5FA170 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 534 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Good for Allegiant! I assume they've done their homework, but I didn't know people would travel between two gambling cities. I guess the allure of Vegas is pretty strong...

Last night, on the local news here in Pittsburgh, the manager of the Latrobe, PA airport was talking about how he is soliciting support for a non-stop flight to the Orlando area. The news mentioned Southwest 737s, which I'm pretty sure is a guarenteed "NO" ... but perhaps Allegiant may look into the area?



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User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6606 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

While this is good for the people of GPT to have nonstop service to LAS, I don't really see how it benefits the casinos in GPT. If I live in GPT and have cheap air service to LAS, I'd be more likely to go to LAS and spend less time/money in GPT.

I doubt that many people who live in LAS will go to GPT. There's really no reason. The casinos in GPT are nice, but they are nothing compared to LAS.


User currently offlineDLCnxgptjax From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

The article didn't really mention it, but I'm sure one/some of the casinos are behind this new service.

I know they haven't officially announced the new LAS service, but I wonder if they will and SFB sometime in the future. Southeast was on the route for awhile until they went belly up. Only time will tell.


User currently offlineSkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3517 times:

Quoting S5FA170 (Reply 1):
Good for Allegiant! I assume they've done their homework, but I didn't know people would travel between two gambling cities. I guess the allure of Vegas is pretty strong...



Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 2):
While this is good for the people of GPT to have nonstop service to LAS, I don't really see how it benefits the casinos in GPT. If I live in GPT and have cheap air service to LAS, I'd be more likely to go to LAS and spend less time/money in GPT.

Not sure I understand this one. Seems the casino folks in Mississippi would be opposed to n/s service to the gambling mecca of the world and potentially bastardizing their own business. Unless G4 is looking at business travellers (casino/hotel exec's) for this?


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5802 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

I hear it may be SFB to GPT as well as LAS, wait for the announcement.

[Edited 2007-03-22 15:50:01]


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineDLCnxgptjax From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3499 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 5):
It may be SFB to GPT as well as LAS, wait for the announcement.

I agree with you. I just went to Allegiants website to see if they announced anything yet. I didn't find any press releases, but GPT is listed under the destinations list. I tried to put in dates for GPT-LAS but didn't get anything. I did see that SFB was one of the two destinations I could choose from though.

SFB-GPT is also on the route map!

[Edited 2007-03-22 15:50:29]

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5802 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Quoting DLCnxgptjax (Reply 6):
I agree with you. I just went to Allegiants website to see if they announced anything yet. I didn't find any press releases, but GPT is listed under the destinations list. I tried to put in dates for GPT-LAS but didn't get anything. I did see that SFB was one of the two destinations I could choose from though.

It shows as a June 1 start date.

GPT-SFB will be Mon/Wed/Fri dep 5PM from SFB and dep 6:06PM from GPT
GPT-LAS will be Mon/Fri dep 1:45PM from LAS and dep GPT for the return at 7:50PM

[Edited 2007-03-22 15:54:39]


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9345 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 7):

question -- do you know why Allegiant took the air schedules off of their website?

also ... they really need to put "new service" announcements on their homepage, in my opinion. i dropped the marketing & communications department a line a few weeks ago and they said "thanks for the suggestion" ... snooze.



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User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

what kind of a/C would be operated on this route???

User currently offlineDLCnxgptjax From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3332 times:

Here's a link GPT's press release page. The actual press release is a word document.

http://www.flygpt.com/aboutgbia/news/

I think this is the first time in a long time, if at all that an airline has come into GPT with service to two cities. This will also be GPT's first scheduled nonstop service to the west.

I plan to be on the inaugural SFB-GPT service on June 1st. I've wanted to try G4 for awhile. I just never had a reason to fly them until now.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6564 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3319 times:

Good news for GPT and, more specifically, the rebuilding Gulf Coast region. We'll see how long the service lasts, however. LAS will probably last longer than SFB, in my opinion.

User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3309 times:

Courtesy: WLOX-TV

GPT Airport Director Talks About New Allegiant Flights

Video Report:

http://www.wlox.com/global/video/pop...ttp%3A//www.wlox.com/&rnd=86310228


User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2001 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):

On the Allegiant website they are selling Gulfport packages too....


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5802 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

Quoting DLCnxgptjax (Reply 3):
The article didn't really mention it, but I'm sure one/some of the casinos are behind this new service.

WLOX the Karl posted earlier now has a print version of their report
http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=6266017&nav=6DJI

Interestingly it says "Allegiant didn't get casino subsidies like Air Tran did to bring its planes to Gulfport. Its executives simply decided Gulfport Biloxi International Airport was the right place to grow its business.

I would guess there is some marketing support but the fact that they did it without the casino subsidy caught my eye. I wonder what they see as potential.

Quoting Flyinryan99 (Reply 13):
On the Allegiant website they are selling Gulfport packages too....

I see that too, Harrahs, Beau Rivage, etc. But the press release is only written for GPT outbound to SFB and LAS.
http://www.allegiantair.com/aaNews20070322a.php
So could we see something else announced, like PSP-BLI that started along with PSP-LAS? I wonder.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2010 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3142 times:

Always good to see GPT getting some added service! Also great to see Allegiant's continued expansion.


Good goes around!
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6564 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 14):
I wonder what they see as potential.

To be honest, besides the casinos in the area and some NASA related business, there is not a lot going on. GPT is sort of in the middle of the two main business markets on the Gulf Coast. I think they are counting on some drive in passengers from the MOB area to help make this work.


User currently offlineG4resagent From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Quoting Bimmerkid19 (Reply 9):
what kind of a/C would be operated on this route

The MD83 to both LAS and SFB


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5802 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 16):
To be honest, besides the casinos in the area and some NASA related business, there is not a lot going on. GPT is sort of in the middle of the two main business markets on the Gulf Coast. I think they are counting on some drive in passengers from the MOB area to help make this work.

That is why I added Flyinryan99's quote. I wonder if they see potential to create a small focus city at GPT. Since they are selling packages for the casinos they may have their eye on a few other routes.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2001 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 18):
That is why I added Flyinryan99's quote. I wonder if they see potential to create a small focus city at GPT. Since they are selling packages for the casinos they may have their eye on a few other routes.

Back in the day (and sometimes now a days), ATA and Reno Air (whoever the tour operator was) used to fly charters down to the Gulf Coast from TOL. I'm wondering the same thing FATFlyer...I wonder if they will test the waters to see if they can do a small focus city here in GPT. Heck...not being too far from Alabama, could always market the southern end of the RTJ Golf Trail for us golfers  Smile Ok I'll stop dreaming, but I am just wondering if they see potential in the GPT market.


User currently offlineORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

I was just in LAS last weekend and had a moment to check out Allegiant's ops while waitig for my UA/Ted flight. If they are going to keep expanding they need to get there ops in order in LAS. They ticket counter had no permanent signage. It looked like computer printer paper on the wall. The lines were long and out the door and down the sidewalk! The staff and announcements sounded friendly and efficient enough. There were a lot of MadDogs sitting on the ramp. I don't know how they can make money with all those idle birds. However they apparantly are profitable and growing. That's a rarity and I really love LAS and GPT as I and my family are gamblers! Good news all around.

User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9345 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Quoting Flyinryan99 (Reply 19):

i wouldn't be surprised to see Rockford to GPT added. perhaps at least one or two days a week during the summers. there's a couple of other larger markets that might be able to sustain the service, but not at all of them.



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User currently offlineG4resagent From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Quoting ORDagent (Reply 20):

Our ops just recently moved from the other side near Frontier. We are working on getting signage.


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5802 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 21):
there's a couple of other larger markets that might be able to sustain the service, but not at all of them.

Exactly, much as PSP would only support a few markets other than BLI.

If they grow GPT it would never reach the size of the larger focus cities.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineDLCnxgptjax From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 23):
If they grow GPT it would never reach the size of the larger focus cities.

I totally agree with this statement. IF they decided to grow the operation in the future, I see no more than maybe 2 or 3 additional destinations.

Hopefully the boom in condos and condotels being built all over the coast will help give Allegiant and the rest of the carriers in GPT some additional feed.


25 BNinMSY : G4 does SHV-LAS and SFB as well -- SHV is a gambling mecca just like GPT - there is traffic on the business side for the employees and executives - lo
26 FATFlyer : I see traffic into GPT like PSP. Last winter Allegiant operated only PSP-LAS. This winter they brought back PSP-LAS and added PSP-BLI. Next winter th
27 FLALEFTY : I'm sorry, but I must say that I love these guys! They really think "out of the box"! They fly the strangest route network and still make a profit! I
28 SouthSky : Another airline MOB has lost out to neighbors... This is just another potential airline lost out of MOB. Something needs to change. Congrats to the fo
29 MSYtristar : MOB always seems to be left out in the cold. I'm sure the folks at GPT worked hard for this service....without question the success of this route wil
30 DLCnxgptjax : I just purchased my ticket on the inaugural SFB-GPT flight! I've never been on an inaugural flight, so I'm a really excited.
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