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Allegiant To Wilmington, NC  
User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32611 posts, RR: 72
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

This was mentioned by another poster, ERAUgrad, in the North Carolina thread, and now there's a media report for it:

http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=7862997&nav=2gQc

Looks like Allegiant is going to Wilmington, NC. The destinations aren't clear, but honestly, I would be very surprised if they included Las Vegas given the recent cuts in LAS flying.


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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3502 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Thread starter):
The destinations aren't clear, but honestly, I would be very surprised if they included Las Vegas given the recent cuts in LAS flying.

So would I. If GSP can't handle a LAS flight, ILM certainly won't be able to. Isn't that a bit out of the -80 range, too?



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3378 times:



Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
So would I. If GSP can't handle a LAS flight, ILM certainly won't be able to. Isn't that a bit out of the -80 range, too?

Wow thanks!!!

I think we well be fine. we only have 2 carriers unlike GSO. ISO has no other carriers and Allegiant is doing fine i think there. We're not looking for LAS but ILM #4 and 5 top destination is FLL/MCO. So im sure it's one of those. ILM used to get Alligiant charters to LAS that would 1st stop at RDU. All of ILM's allocated seats would sell out fast. If you make a comment that GSO couldnt fill their flights, what makes one think that Skybus will do any better? Because i bet you that will be one of their destinations... Just my .02. I'll update this and NC thread as soon as I know more.



Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3009 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3324 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Reply 2):


I think we well be fine. we only have 2 carriers unlike GSO. ISO has no other carriers and Allegiant is doing fine i think there. We're not looking for LAS but ILM #4 and 5 top destination is FLL/MCO. So im sure it's one of those. ILM used to get Alligiant charters to LAS that would 1st stop at RDU. All of ILM's allocated seats would sell out fast. If you make a comment that GSO couldnt fill their flights, what makes one think that Skybus will do any better? Because i bet you that will be one of their destinations... Just my .02. I'll update this and NC thread as soon as I know more.

DeltaAVL was referring to GSP in S. Carolina, not GSO in N. Carolina. I would have thought GSP would be able to pull LAS travellers from a wide area, not just the immediate metro area, but I guess it didn't work out that way.



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

How is the Wilmington area compare to Kinston (ISO)?


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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32611 posts, RR: 72
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3266 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Reply 2):
We're not looking for LAS but ILM #4 and 5 top destination is FLL/MCO.

When you combine the South Florida airports, it's even busier at 64 passengers a day, making it ILM's third busiest market after Philadelphia and New York.

The film industry has been pushing for a South Florida link for a very long time, but I wonder if they'll use Allegiant.



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3123 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
When you combine the South Florida airports, it's even busier at 64 passengers a day, making it ILM's third busiest market after Philadelphia and New York.

The film industry has been pushing for a South Florida link for a very long time, but I wonder if they'll use Allegiant.

Well said. That's exactly why we get alot of service and the only medium city in nc that did not loose mainline US flights llike AVL/FAY did after sept. 11th and US's bankruptcy. We did go from 5 737's to 2 ( soon to be 2 E-190 which were a great market for) but because of movies, CORNINGS largest plant, and GE Nuclear/Aircraft engines HDQ, we sell alot of B fares and F/C goes out booked. I cant wait to see the frequency Allegiant is planning initially. I hope at least 3days/wk.



Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineFlyNTE From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

ILM's top domestic O&D markets (YE 3Q 2007 - most recent data available from the US DOT):
1. LGA - 80 PDEW
2. PHL - 55 PDEW
3. ORD - 45 PDEW
4. ATL - 45 PDEW
5. BOS - 37 PDEW
6. DEN - 26 PDEW
7. LAX - 24 PDEW
8. DFW - 23 PDEW
9. EWR - 22 PDEW
10. MCO - 21 PDEW
11. BDL - 21 PDEW
12. LAS - 21 PDEW
13. CLE - 20 PDEW
14. BWI - 19 PDEW
15. PIT - 19 PDEW
.....
28. FLL - 15 PDEW
....
38. PBI - 9 PDEW
....
42. MIA - 9 PDEW
....
47. RSW - 7 PDEW

My guess - simply a guess based on the numbers and the price of fuel - is MCO. ILM-MCO and ILM-LAS are virtually the same size.... but MCO is much closer. Also, Wilmingtonians only have to cross the border into South Carolina and board a casino boat to get their gambling fix.... LAS might not stimulate as much as other markets would.

I hadn't looked at ILM's O&D numbers recently and was surprised to see DEN ranked so high. I understand LAX - the movie industry. But DEN is somewhat of a mystery to me.

Whatever the new market is, it's good news for ILM.


User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3044 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Reply 2):

Wow thanks!!!

Just sayin'.  Wink



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3016 times:



Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 8):
Just sayin'.

HAHA you know i wont disparage my fellow north carolinian. I knew for sure ud hate that ILM GETS ADDED SERVICE. Did you read the nc thread about our added service starting april?



Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3004 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Reply 9):
Did you read the nc thread about our added service starting april?

Unfortunately.

How many destinations does that make for ILM now? 6? Pitiful...

You guys are catching up, but you're not there yet. AVL's still got 7 destinations (and 8 during the holidays!). Hah!



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

Story from Star News...

Quote:
New airline, planes on tap for Wilmington airport

By Patrick Gannon,
Staff Writer




A series of air-service enhancements are on their way to Wilmington International Airport this spring, including a new airline flying to a new U.S. destination, more flights to existing ILM destinations and brand-new airplanes on some flights.

Officials declined to release specifics Tuesday about the new airline or disclose the new destination, except to say that it's in the United States.

"It's going to be a sweetheart of a deal," airport director Jon Rosborough said of the Valentine's Day announcement.

ILM officials will join a representative from the new airline to announce details at 10:30 a.m. Thursday near the ticket counters in the airport's main terminal.

In a recent interview, Rosborough said he continued to aggressively pursue nonstop service to airports in South Florida and Washington, D.C., two of the most-wanted destinations of Wilmington-area travelers. It is unclear whether Thursday's announcement was related to those efforts.

Today, two airlines offer commercial flights out of Wilmington. US Airways offers non-stop flights to Charlotte, New York and Philadelphia, while Atlantic Southeast Airlines flies to Atlanta.

New planes

to Charlotte

Among the changes coming to ILM, US Airways will soon fly new Embraer 190s on two daily flights between Wilmington and Charlotte, an airline spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

The 99-passenger planes include 11 first-class and 88 coach seats. It has two seats on each side of the plane, with no annoying middle seats, spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said.

Airline officials say the Embraer 190 offers more headroom for passengers during boarding and more overhead and under-seat storage space than the regional jets that often serve smaller airports.

"It's an extremely comfortable plane from the customer side," Mohr said.

Beginning in early April, the Embraer 190 will replace a 70-seat regional jet on an early morning flight to Charlotte and a 126-seat Boeing 737 on an afternoon flight.

Also, US Airways plans to add new daily flights to LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport beginning April 6. The airline currently offers three flights a day to New York and Philadelphia.

Off to Cincinnati once again

In another development, Comair plans to resume non-stop service from Wilmington to Cincinnati in early April.

A flight will leave ILM at 5 p.m. every day but Saturday, and arrive at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 6:46 p.m. On Saturdays, a flight will leave ILM at 1:30 p.m., arriving at the Cincinnati airport at 3:06 p.m., ILM officials said. The seasonal service will last until Labor Day.

Last summer, Comair also offered seasonal flights to the southern Ohio city.

"It was a popular flight," said Gary Broughton, ILM operations director.

The Cincinnati airport serves as a major hub for Delta airlines, offering flights to many U.S. and international destinations.

The increased commercial presence at ILM comes at a time of continued growth in passenger traffic. In January, ILM handled 55,582 passengers, up 13.6 percent from 48,938 passengers in January 2007.

Last year was a record year for the airport. In 2007, 801,187 passengers flew into or out of Wilmington International Airport, a 25 percent increase over 2006 and 14 percent more than 2005, the previous record year. ILM served 640,663 passengers in 2006 and 700,427 in 2005.

Rosborough said the coming enhancements are a function of increased demand.

"The more people that fly out of ILM, the better the air service is going to be," he said.

Patrick Gannon: 343-2328

patrick.gannon@starnewsonline.com




Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2851 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Thread starter):
This was mentioned by another poster, ERAUgrad, in the North Carolina thread, and now there's a media report for it:

http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=7862997&nav=2gQc

Looks like Allegiant is going to Wilmington, NC. The destinations aren't clear, but honestly, I would be very surprised if they included Las Vegas given the recent cuts in LAS flying.

Of course they won't have a Las Vegas flight. Allegiant stated that Knoxville and Greenville were at the maximum MD-88 distance in their current config. So, if they can't get to Greensboro or Roanoke, their not going to Wilmington.


User currently offlineFlyNTE From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

It's Orlando/Sanford...


http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20080214/BREAKING/740795427

Airline to offer flights from Wilmington to Orlando


By Patrick Gannon
Staff Writer

Allegiant Air will offer two nonstop flights a week from Wilmington International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport beginning April 4.

Introductory fares will start as low as $39 each way and are on sale now at www.allegiantair.com or by calling (702) 505-8888.

Airport and airline officials made the announcement this morning near the ticket counters in the airport’s main terminal.

On Tuesday, ILM officials announced a new airline was coming but declined to release details until today’s news conference.

In a recent interview, Airport Director Jon Rosborough said he continued to aggressively pursue nonstop service to airports in South Florida and Washington, D.C., two of the most-wanted destinations of Wilmington-area travelers.

Today, two airlines offer commercial flights out of Wilmington. US Airways offers non-stop flights to Charlotte, New York and Philadelphia, while Atlantic Southeast Airlines flies to Atlanta.

US Airways officials also said this week that new 99-seat Embraer 190 aircraft would fly two of the daily flights between Wilmington and Charlotte, offering roomier cabins and first-class sections.

Also, Comair plans to resume one flight a day from Wilmington to Cincinnati in early April. The seasonal service will last through Labor Day.

Read Friday’s Star-News for more on this story.

Patrick Gannon: 343-2328

patrick.gannon@starnewsonline.com


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