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Allegiant Takes Flight From Gary Wednesday  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

This has been a long time coming. A successful airline begins service at GYY. I hope it does well and will become a stepping stone for additional air service to come.

Courtesy: Gary Post-Tribune

Allegiant Takes Flight From Gary Wednesday

"Interim airport director Steve Landry says the airport is ready. Landry said there’s been weekly teleconferences with Allegiant which hired the Gary Jet Center to process passengers and baggage and ground service.

“We’ve been preparing the terminal building, putting up banners and making sure the ticket counters reflect Allegiant will be there."

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/1049316...es-flight-from-gary-wednesday.html

Note in the article at the left under the photo the "timeline" of all the various "airlines" that served GYY.

[Edited 2012-02-12 10:36:18]

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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3754 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter):

This has been a long time coming. A successful airline begins service at GYY. I hope it does well and will become a stepping stone for additional air service to come.

I used to live in Northwest Indiana, and truer words cannot be spoken. GYY is a facility that deserves a chance to succeed, and I think Allegiant will finally put GYY on the map. G4 is the proven scheduled airline that GYY has needed for years, and I wish them well there.

Hopefully, this will be the first of many G4 routes from GYY, including LAS and/or AZA when the runway extension is complete. Who knows... maybe G4 could start an LAX/OAK-style base at GYY to serve Chicago from smaller Midwestern cities.



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User currently offlineYNGguins From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 511 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

G4 is a viable airline to operate out of GYY, unlike endeavors gone terribly wrong in the past. People love low cost fares and I feel they will be able to draw a number of people, with proper marketing, from the southern suburbs of Chicago.


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User currently offlineCIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2304 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 1):

Who knows... maybe G4 could start an LAX/OAK-style base at GYY to serve Chicago from smaller Midwestern cities.

you know that potentially may work down the road the more I think about it. Chicago is a pretty popular place to visit, I could see it working for some far flung midwest / plains cities where Chicago is too far to drive to. Places like GFK and MOT, RAP, FSD in the Dakotas, Grand Island Neb, Duluth MN etc and maybe some places out east like Plattsburgh or GSO and ILM in the Carolina's. Something to ponder I guess. How easy is access from GYY to downtown Chicago?


User currently onlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3462 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Good News but did they finish the runway? I heard G4 wasn't coming until they fixed and lengthened it.


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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3754 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 3):
How easy is access from GYY to downtown Chicago?

GYY sits right off I-90 (the Chicago Skyway Toll Road) and is about 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, so it would be easy to get to Chicago by car. Buses also link GYY with the South Shore Line trains to Chicago and South Bend.

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 4):
but did they finish the runway? I heard G4 wasn't coming until they fixed and lengthened it.

Still under construction. They were originally going to start with GYY-LAS, but decided to do GYY-SFB instead because of the near-term runway construction and railroad tracks. G4 isn't ruling out more cities when the runway extension is completed, though.



"Did he really need the triple bypass? Or was it the miles?"
User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 1):
maybe G4 could start an LAX/OAK-style base at GYY to serve Chicago from smaller Midwestern cities.

G4 already has a base in RFD. Also GRR was a short lived base for G4 but that closed last year.



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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3754 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 6):
G4 already has a base in RFD.

True, but GYY is much closer to downtown Chicago than RFD is, which would make GYY better suited for a tourist-oriented G4 base.



"Did he really need the triple bypass? Or was it the miles?"
User currently offlinefatflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

The Chicago area is no doubt a large visitor draw.

But G4 right now seems to be following this November 2008 presentation slide about potential future destinations.
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/da...10465908071682/g287341mm05i008.gif

As the slide mentions they started OAK and SAN in June 2008.
SW Florida (via PGD) started March 2009.
MYR started April 2009.
LAX started May 2009.
Savannah started in Nov 2010, but ended in July 2011.

G4 was part of the New York slot auction but did not win. I would guess they are considering other options to serve NY now.
Hawaii is next up, they say they still are on track for service to start in the 2nd half of this year.

The Chicago area might someday become a destination G4 expands to bring in tourists. But I expect with flag-carrier approval they may turn their eyes to Mexico/Caribbean spots first while they expand Hawaii and add New York.



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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 7):
True, but GYY is much closer to downtown Chicago than RFD is, which would make GYY better suited for a tourist-oriented G4 base.

So what you are saying is that G4 should shut down their RFD base and open one up in GYY?



PHX Ramp, hottest place on earth
User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2005 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 9):
So what you are saying is that G4 should shut down their RFD base and open one up in GYY?

I think what he is saying is that it will make a better place for bringing tourists into Chicago as a destination. RFD is great for attracting people from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to fly to places like LAS, SFB, etc.


User currently offlineCIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2304 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

is RFD really a "base" though for Allegiant, in the sense GRR was? It only serves SFB, PIE, LAS and AZA. Just seems more of a large station than a base. I don't recall Allegiant listing it as a base, it was just more of a large station. They used to have FLL but that got cut.

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2502 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Congrats to GYY, but I guess the $1M question at this point for either the airport or Allegiant is what are the projected numbers? Short of the one guy in the article whose immediate contacts are excited for GYY service, are there any legitimate sources to indicate that a plethora of tickets have been presold?

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User currently offlineBravoGolf From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 12):
are there any legitimate sources to indicate that a plethora of tickets have been presold?

You could go to Allegiant's website and look at the ticket prices for the various date and get an idea of ticket sales. Be aware that the amount time between the announment of service and first flight has been abnormally short.


User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting LV (Reply 10):
I think what he is saying is that it will make a better place for bringing tourists into Chicago as a destination.

G4's "destinations" are sunny warm places, how could that market Chicago as a "destination" year round?

Quoting LV (Reply 10):
RFD is great for attracting people from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to fly to places like LAS, SFB, etc.

Indeed it is, this city can support 757 service to LAS. I believe they have LAX flights and do they/did they have flights to PIE one point from RFD

Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 11):
is RFD really a "base" though for Allegiant, in the sense GRR was?

I think it is actually bigger than GRR was...Two planes are based there I believe



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User currently offlinefatflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 14):

G4's "destinations" are sunny warm places, how could that market Chicago as a "destination" year round?

Yet G4 is looking to start service to NYC as a destination, not just as an outbound city. Its not exactly a sunny warm place either.  



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User currently offlineb757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 5):
Still under construction. They were originally going to start with GYY-LAS, but decided to do GYY-SFB instead because of the near-term runway construction and railroad tracks. G4 isn't ruling out more cities when the runway extension is completed, though.

The runway should not be the only one to blame. Pace did GYY-LAS on the 757 without any issues.

Also Southeast Airlines ran to both SFB and PIE from GYY with the smaller engine DC-9s.

Long story short it would be nice to see G4 run the 757 to GYY-LAS instead of LEX, I believe its LEX....???



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User currently offlineCIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2304 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Quoting fatflyer (Reply 15):

Yet G4 is looking to start service to NYC as a destination, not just as an outbound city. Its not exactly a sunny warm place either.

they also market BLI as a destination too, that would be the last place I think of sun and warmth  


User currently offlineboeingkid From United States of America, joined May 2009, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

I wish G4 the best at GYY although GYY has a track record of airlines going out of business (Southeast,Skybus,Pan Am II,Skyvalue and Hooters Air) I just think that in order for the airport to succeed that the south shore train needs to come directly into the airport like in SBN that would attract more people. Having a bus that goes from the south shore to the airport in that neighboorhood in not the best idea.

But we all know that if G4 doesnt think that they will do well in a city they will pull out we will wait and see

[Edited 2012-02-12 19:53:26]

User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2005 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 14):
G4's "destinations" are sunny warm places, how could that market Chicago as a "destination" year round?

Yeah, warm and sunny Oakland... ever been there in there in the winter?


User currently onlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2444 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Quoting dlramp4life (Reply 14):
Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 11):
is RFD really a "base" though for Allegiant, in the sense GRR was?

I think it is actually bigger than GRR was...Two planes are based there I believe


When GRR was a base G4 had two planes based there, as well as flight crews, and mx personnel.



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User currently offlinebravogolf From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Inagural G4 flight information 150 outbound pax (full flight) 38 inbound (big surpride) There has not been any advertising to speak of yet just some news stories.

User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

An update on start of operations:

Courtesy: Gary Post-Tribune

Allegiant Gets Warm Welcome On Inaugural Flight

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/1066668...m-welcome-on-inaugural-flight.html


User currently offlinecsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

Quoting bravogolf (Reply 21):
Inagural G4 flight information 150 outbound pax (full flight) 38 inbound (big surpride) There has not been any advertising to speak of yet just some news stories.

I heard a commercial for them on WSCR 670AM this morning as I was driving into work.



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

I've been a supporter of GYY for years. Glad to see G4 starting service. I predict down the road we will see service to various hubs, MSP/DTW/ATL etc...


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