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Allegiant Announces Huntsville (AL) - Las Vegas  
User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

Found it today on Allegiant's Website:

(Huntsville, Ala.) - What happens in Vegas, may stay in Vegas, but it will soon start in Huntsville, Ala. as Allegiant Air today announces new nonstop jet-service to Las Vegas, Nev. beginning Sept. 21. To kick off the new service, the Las Vegas-based, low-fare airline is offering limited introductory fares as low as $89* one-way.

"We are extremely pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service within the Huntsville community and Tennessee Valley region," Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only full-size jet service between Huntsville and Las Vegas."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Huntsville International Airport and McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas), with service Monday and Friday. Beginning Sept. 21, flights will depart Huntsville at 3 p.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 3:50 p.m. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 7:50 a.m. arriving in Huntsville at 2:20 p.m. (all flight times are local).

Good News for G4 and HSV

Is there any more news on any new Mad dogs entering the fleet in the next couple of months?


Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

I'm not surprised Huntsville was announced for Allegiant service ... I was under the impression Orlando would come first.
Perhaps an Orlando announcement is in the near future.



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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
Perhaps an Orlando announcement is in the near future.

I would think it could come as they are prep for the winter season



Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 2):

I imagine we're going to see a few announcements here in the next few weeks.



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 3744 times:

Upcoming new destination city announcements perhaps? One thing's for sure, this is going to be one heck of a busy time at Allegiant!


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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

Wow great news for a place I travel to a lot, HSV. I thought all gates at HSV were taken...will they use the two at the end of the hall where you have to go down the stairs and walk out, or rent from someone for those two flights a week?

User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26810 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):
I was under the impression Orlando would come first.
Perhaps an Orlando announcement is in the near future.

I am not so sure about this one. As it is, the MD80s G4 is flying have been having trouble making GPT-LAS. SFB is more than 400nm further.



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
I am not so sure about this one. As it is, the MD80s G4 is flying have been having trouble making GPT-LAS. SFB is more than 400nm further.

Huntsville to Orlando ... ?



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User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

Wow G4 is busy this week. I am curious as to when the new focus citiy is announced, and which cities will get service. I just flew them a couple weeks ago for the first time CID-SFB and I was sold, great airline and great service.

User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 8):
I just flew them a couple weeks ago for the first time CID-SFB and I was sold, great airline and great service.

Good to hear about your experience on Allegiant. Can we expect a trip report in the near future?



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User currently offlineCitrusCritter From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1131 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

I'm flying them tomorrow SFB-GSP. I'm planning on a trip report after I do my return next week.

User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Looking forward to it Critter


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User currently offlineJoeljack From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

I'm not a fan. Allegiant had 14 flights leaving at around the same time at LAS on Sunday July 8th. We were flying United and a friend was flying G4 to DSM. We arrived at the airport at 5:45am for his 8am flight. Allegiant had 4 agents outside and 6 inside for 14 flights. (10 agents total) It took my friend over an hour to check in and another 50 minutes at security, he was the last person on the flight as he almost missed it. My flight didn't leave until 9am, so I had an hour to kill. Allegiant was calling names over the intercom for last calls and it seemed to be 10-15 people per flight. I would accredit most of this to all the waiting and therefore missing the flights. It was horrible. If 2 hours and 15 minutes early wasn't enough than I don't know what is.

1st Allegiant needs to better schedule their flights out of LAS so they are spread out or get at least twice as many agents would solve that problem too.

2nd The security lines at the C concourse (southwest airlines) were not long at all and the D concourse was crazy. The airport needs to have the ability to change the lines around or have joint lines for both terminals. That would have saved maybe 30 minutes in the security line for a total of 20 minutes. Not to mention the fact that everyone was pushing and shoving and a saw 2 different people vomit in line because it was so hot and claustrophobic.

Worst part about it is they are adding onto the D concourse (Allegiant and a slue of other airlines) which will only make security even worse. I fly to LAS on United about 1 to 2 times a year and the security and Allegiant lines get worse every time I see that place. No forward looking from the airport at all. Instead of adding more gates, they should concentrate on the problems at hand like the drive lanes and all the lines and lack of space. Then maybe they can think about more flights. Slot controlling this airport would work too.

My friend said he's never flying Allegiant again! After that experience, I won't either.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
Worst part about it is they are adding onto the D concourse (Allegiant and a slue of other airlines) which will only make security even worse. I fly to LAS on United about 1 to 2 times a year and the security and Allegiant lines get worse every time I see that place. No forward looking from the airport at all. Instead of adding more gates, they should concentrate on the problems at hand like the drive lanes and all the lines and lack of space. Then maybe they can think about more flights. Slot controlling this airport would work too.

When Terminal 3 opens up in a few years, that should alleviate a good chunk of the security problems at the D concourse, as I believe it will be mostly airlines from this concourse that go over to T3. Until then though, LAS security will be a mess, no matter what airline you're flying. Even the First Class line (which, despite the name, is open to pretty much any elite FFer; I've flashed my Delta Silver card there several times and gone right through) can get long, with it taking 15 minutes (then again, the regular line was about 35 minutes). I don't think there's anyway to make the T3 lines go to T4 either, as I think the two concourses are walled off after security. Then again, security lines are a problem at many major O&D airports in this country with only a few terminals - MCO with it's two checkpoints can get real bad for example. The real problem isn't slots (there's still a decent amount of runway capacity and terminal capacity); it's just an inefficient security design.


User currently offlineJoeljack From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Thanks, can't wait for the new terminal in a few years. Yes, you are right, there is a wall between the two security checkpoints but could easily be removed. Passengers would just have to pay attention to which train they get on.

As a United Premier Exec, I enjoy cutting security lines but the one in LAS is only for first class and not elites. United flies Ted on all flights to LAS so unfortunately I don't have the option to fly first class from this airport. If you say the first class line works for elites too, I'll have to try fit next time, even though I won't be in United First.


User currently offlineG4resagent From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
If 2 hours and 15 minutes early wasn't enough than I don't know what is.

We recommend 2.5 hours prior to departure. Check our confirmation and terms and conditions.

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
1st Allegiant needs to better schedule their flights out of LAS so they are spread out or get at least twice as many agents would solve that problem too.

Why would we change our LAS schedule? It works. If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
2nd The security lines at the C concourse (southwest airlines) were not long at all and the D concourse was crazy.

WN has C gates. US has A&B gates. Everyone else has D. So in line with all the Allegiant passengers are Delta, Continental, jetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, and Ted. So if you were flying Ted (United) you would have been in the same line.


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
Allegiant had 14 flights leaving at around the same time at LAS on Sunday July 8th

14 flights? that's interesting since they only have 11 departures between 6am and 940am.



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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 13):
When Terminal 3 opens up in a few years, that should alleviate a good chunk of the security problems at the D concourse

Who will be moving to T3 when it is complete? Will Concourse D then start having assiged gates to airlines?



Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Quoting National757 (Reply 9):
Good to hear about your experience on Allegiant. Can we expect a trip report in the near future?

I hope to get that up soon!


User currently offlineJoeljack From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 16):
Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
Allegiant had 14 flights leaving at around the same time at LAS on Sunday July 8th

14 flights? that's interesting since they only have 11 departures between 6am and 940am.

That's just what the check in guy said...I didn't actually verify it myself. I just trusted him.

Quoting G4resagent (Reply 15):
Quoting Joeljack (Reply 12):
If 2 hours and 15 minutes early wasn't enough than I don't know what is.

We recommend 2.5 hours prior to departure. Check our confirmation and terms and conditions.

2.5 hours is crazy. From someone that flies about once a month for the past 10 years, I have never arrived more than 90 minutes prior to departure except for right after 9/11 and only missed a flight once and it was because I thought the flight was an hour later in my head. Even then 90 minutes was still over kill. This includes several trips to long security wait airports like MCO, DCA, LAS, PHX, SEA and on and on. Allegiant needs to get more agents to help solve the problem before they start loosing too many customers.


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 19):
2.5 hours is crazy.

For what its worth, NW suggests arriving 2 hours early at LAS.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 14):
As a United Premier Exec, I enjoy cutting security lines but the one in LAS is only for first class and not elites. United flies Ted on all flights to LAS so unfortunately I don't have the option to fly first class from this airport. If you say the first class line works for elites too, I'll have to try fit next time, even though I won't be in United First.

I've had seat 25G on a plane before and flashed an expired Delta Silver card (since Delta hasn't bothered sending me my card for this year yet, despite my profile and boarding passes all saying Silver on it) and they checker didn't even raise an eyebrow.

At least for my next trip to LAS, I'm already confirmed in F due to being on a full Y ticket with an auto-upgrade to F, so it won't be a problem.


User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26810 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 7):

Huntsville to Orlando ... ?

Oops, I thought that was LAS-SFB, not HSV-SFB

Quoting G4resagent (Reply 15):

We recommend 2.5 hours prior to departure.

Which is absolutely ridiculous, particularly if you are going somewhere like Santa Maria.



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User currently offlineG4resagent From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 19):
Allegiant needs to get more agents to help solve the problem before they start loosing too many customers.

We don't seem to be losing too many customers based on the 2.5 hour check in.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):
Which is absolutely ridiculous, particularly if you are going somewhere like Santa Maria.

Who else flies non-stop to SMX?


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5844 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

Although some may think that Allegiant having a 2.5 hour recommendation is extreme, do not forget they serve the leisure traveller.

G4 will see many more once a year or less airline passengers who don't know all the ins and outs of travel. They won't have the frequent flier or the kiosk user who knows what to do to speed things up.

Quoting G4resagent (Reply 23):
Who else flies non-stop to SMX?

From LAS? no one. But SMX has United Express flights from LAX.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
25 Joeljack : I agree 100% except for the people that live in LAS. They could really get a loyal base built up if they improved their customer service there. Addin
26 JetBlueGuy2006 : I would love to see that 2. It could speed it up a little and it would be nice to see a FF program. ONe where you would have to fly like 4 R/T to get
27 N1120A : It starts to become just as easy to drive at this point.
28 Post contains images G4LASRamper : I'm not sure since I don't work CSR but I thought we started using McCarran's self-serve kiosks for check-in when we moved into our new ticket counter
29 Post contains images FATFlyer : A 6 hour drive is just as easy? Boy you really are against the extra 30-60 minutes they request.
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