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Allegiant Announces Moline To Phoenix/Mesa  
User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Posted (4 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

Allegiant just announced new flights from Moline to Phoenix/Mesa starting November 18.

http://www.allegiantair.com/aaNews/aaNews20100914b.php


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
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User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

I don't get it... they already fly to Phoenix from CID (Cedar Rapids), and that's less than 1-1/2 hours away.

User currently offlineclemsonaj From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Wasn't this discussed at length in another thread a few weeks back?

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 1):
I don't get it... they already fly to Phoenix from CID (Cedar Rapids), and that's less than 1-1/2 hours away.

I don't understand either, but apparently G4 thinks it can fill planes from both destinations.


User currently offlineEricR From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

G4 has done very well out of IGW/AZN. In fact, the terminal expansion is due to open in November. The terminal expansion will increase the baggage claim areas (desparately needed) and add two gates.

Arizona is a huge draw for Midwesterners. There are a lot of people from IL, IA, and other surrounding states that now call Arizona home part of the year or have permanently relocated. This route will due especially well during the peak season due to the snow birds, vacationers, and Spring Training fans.


User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

Wow, that was quick. I was semi-expecting Phoenix to be announced sometime in the future, but not a month before LAS even starts! I've heard people around the airport say that Phoenix is the top destination for all connecting passengers out of MLI, so I'm sure we can fill the planes. And right now, although CID has the Phoenix flights, I know that there are a lot of people from the Quad City area that drive there, so now we'll be be retaining those customers. I'm very excited about this, and I have to congratulate Bruce Carter. He lost the FL service to ATL and turned around and gave us LAS and Phoenix service!

User currently offlineMLI717fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Quoting Acey559 (Reply 4):
Wow, that was quick. I was semi-expecting Phoenix to be announced sometime in the future, but not a month before LAS even starts!

Yes, I agree 100%.


I think it's a good thing they are connecting us to another western destination. With the airport pushing on AirTran to give us some flights back, I think it'd hurt our argument to add more competition to the routes AirTran is strong on. (YES, I know FL serves PHX, but they are much stronger out east than they are out west.)

Either way, more flights out of moline is a good thing.


User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3037 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

Good for MLI, but we're not feeling much love from G4 here in the East these days...  


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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 6):
Good for MLI, but we're not feeling much love from G4 here in the East these days...

G4 said months ago that 2010 would be focused on the west after growing in the east the past couple of years.



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User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 1):
I don't get it... they already fly to Phoenix from CID (Cedar Rapids), and that's less than 1-1/2 hours away.

Not unusual. They're in Peoria as well. Also look at COS/PUB, OAK/SCK/MRY, BIS/MOT, TYS/TRI.

-Rampart


User currently offlinesmoot4208 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1307 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

I think the route will do fine, But look how Peoria/Springfield/Champaign/Marion/Bloomington (maybe this was FL) did. Granted that was during the worst fuel hike in history. Considering that Allegiant draws crowds from surrounding areas, Moline-Phoenix may pull from Rockford/Cedar Rapids just a little bit

User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3037 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 days ago) and read 2758 times:

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 7):
G4 said months ago that 2010 would be focused on the west after growing in the east the past couple of years.

Wow... Now I feel MUCH better...    

Seriously, whatever happened to a new destination in the NYC/NE area??



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User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3817 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Quoting Acey559 (Reply 4):
I'm very excited about this, and I have to congratulate Bruce Carter. He lost the FL service to ATL and turned around and gave us LAS and Phoenix service!

No amount of G4 service would ever get the bitter taste of FL's departure out of my mouth. It's good they're getting something though... can't really get anywhere but at least it's seats that will be filled.


User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2304 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

little surprised they started this with CID so close. Hope they dont cannibalize their own service. CID needs the service it has, DL downsized us to focus on MLI, hope G4 doesnt do the same

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 10):
Wow... Now I feel MUCH better...

LOL, now you know how cities in the west were feeling as Allegiant opened MYR, PGD, etc. Time for some attention to us out in the west.  
Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 10):
Seriously, whatever happened to a new destination in the NYC/NE area??

My guess is that the opportunity to go elsewhere such as Hawaii shoved it back a few years.



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User currently offlineatcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1205 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

Quoting EricR (Reply 3):
G4 has done very well out of IGW/AZN. In fact, the terminal expansion is due to open in November. The terminal expansion will increase the baggage claim areas (desparately needed) and add two gates.

IGW/AZN? You mean IWA/AZA? Things have eased up with their temporary baggage claim tent outside -- which no doubt has sucked all summer long -- but gives them a little relief. The outside structure of the building is nearly complete and should open in the next 30-45 days.

I say this every time G4 adds a new route to IWA, but it really astonishes me how quickly they've grown here. It's been so cool for me to see them go from 1-2 flights a day four years ago to having 7 aircraft on the ramp at the same time last week. Now I'd just love for them to add some destinations that I want to fly to! (sorry, Grand Forks or South Bend aren't particularly interesting vacation destinations for someone living in constant sunshine)


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 14):
Now I'd just love for them to add some destinations that I want to fly to! (sorry, Grand Forks or South Bend aren't particularly interesting vacation destinations for someone living in constant sunshine)

Really? Have you looked into any of the Oregon, Colorado, and Montana destinations from IWA? Lots to do! Rapid City and Bellingham would be nice, too.

Personally, I think COS could be a good next focus city for them. Colorado as a leisure destination from an ideal central location, and a larger population draw than FTC, PUB, or GJC.

-Rampart


User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

Im finally glad to see that Moline is getting some flights to some NON Hub airports.....
They need more Origin Destination cities like this. Frequent flyer points might be a marginal incentive to use a connecting hub but the more destinations that are served on a Nonstop basis such as this are alot better....
Thats just my opinion.....
As for Cedar Rapids, who cares about them...Cedar is always stealing passengers from Moline because for some reason they seem to get more flight options than does Moline, which kind of boggles my mind.......Kudos to the QCA Airport Authority for finally getting Allegiant onsite....Now what they need to do is secure that long desired Nonstop to DCA.....
Im wondering if Allegiant will try St. Pete Next..With Air Tran doing the runs to McCoy in Orlando, I dont think they would try to do Sanford...

Anyway, Congrats Moline for landing both Mesa and Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!

Access-Air



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User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Access-Air (Reply 16):
Cedar is always stealing passengers from Moline because for some reason they seem to get more flight options than does Moline, which kind of boggles my mind

Well, Cedar Rapids is somewhat more convenient for me, and for most of the people in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. Plus, not only does it draw from those two areas, but from Waterloo, as well. That said, MLI has consistently had lower fares than CID, so with more flight options, it would probably be my first choice despite being farther away.


User currently offlineEricR From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 14):
IGW/AZN? You mean IWA/AZA?

Yes, thank you for the correction.

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 14):
I say this every time G4 adds a new route to IWA, but it really astonishes me how quickly they've grown here. It's been so cool for me to see them go from 1-2 flights a day four years ago to having 7 aircraft on the ramp at the same time last week. Now I'd just love for them to add some destinations that I want to fly to! (sorry, Grand Forks or South Bend aren't particularly interesting vacation destinations for someone living in constant sunshine)

Ditto. The rate of growth is amazing. In fact, I've heard that G4's rapid growth has made the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority consider moving up the start date of the east terminal project.


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