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Allegiant Announces MDT-PIE/SFB  
User currently offlineflyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

Allegiant and Frontier playing a game of cat and mouse now. This should get really interesting depending on the markets they decided to compete head to head in.

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=...919d28e0eb9b059b41fd&id=2115f2c7d9

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HARRISBURG, Penn. August 16, 2012 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces new, nonstop jet service between Harrisburg, Penn. and Orlando via Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) beginning October 31, 2012 and Tampa / St. Petersburg via St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) beginning November 2, 2012. To celebrate, the carrier will offer introductory fares to Orlando for as low as $64.99* one way and fares to Tampa as low as $94.99* one way, including taxes and fees. Flights and vacation packages are available for booking through January 13, 2013.

“We are pleased to bring new affordable and convenient travel options to Harrisburg,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident area residents will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to these world class vacation destinations and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together.”

“We are certainly very excited to welcome Allegiant to the south central Pennsylvania region,” said Timothy J. Edwards, Executive Director. “The Orlando and Tampa Bay regions are the most popular Florida destinations for travelers throughout our area. Nonstop service to the Tampa Bay region has been at the top of our region’s request list for years while nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport provides convenient access not only to Orlando, but to Florida’s East Coast as well.”


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Does Frontier serve MDT now? If so, do they fly from there to Florida?  


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User currently offlineFlytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 1):
Does Frontier serve MDT now? If so, do they fly from there to Florida?

Frontier flies MDT-MCO but not daily. I think 5x for the week in the winter.

It should be noted that Allegiant was looking into LNS not too long ago:
http://lancasteronline.com/article/l...-Lancaster-to-Orlando-flights.html

LNS would have been more interesting, as it is within 50-60 miles of Malvern-King of Prussia, part of the Philadelphia market that could be sold on Allegiant, while also being within a short distance for all regions in Central PA.

I think Frontier+Allegiant is still less than AirTran or what WN could have offered to MDT.

[Edited 2012-08-16 09:26:15]

User currently offlineUNITED91 From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 1):
Does Frontier serve MDT now?

Yes, F9 serves MDT-MCO and DEN-MDT, which is seasonal.


User currently offlineMLI717fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

It looks like MDT-SFB Flights run Wednesday & Saturday. Departing MDT at 4:45pm, arriving SFB at 7:05pm. Departing SFB at 2:00pm and arriving MDT at 4:05pm.

MDT-PIE flights run Friday and Monday. Depart MDT 8:10pm, arrive PIE 10:35pm. Depart PIE 5:15pm and Arrive MDT 7:30pm.


User currently offlineSaabFA71 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Wow! Cat and mouse game aside, this is welcome news for MDT! With the Frontier service already in place, this new service will hopefully make MDT a more viable option for air travel.


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User currently offlinecrj900lr From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

LNS would need major renavation to the terminal and ramp if it wants to have jets the size of an MD-80 in there consistantly. The baggage claim area is horrible, all it is is a garage door that opens up and the bags are placed on a ledge, no baggage belt.The ramp is not set up for a plane the size of a 737 or MD-80, its a tough fit to get that WN 737 in there from what I have been told. The terminal is very small and even when WN runs their charters out of there is gets very cramped very fast, not a good set up at all. The best bet would to go after Sun Air to IAD, the terminal is basically built for commuter service not large jet service. Besides I would rather go to MDT, PHL or BWI if I am going to go to Florida. All within a short driving distance.

User currently offlineBuddys747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 523 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Always nice to see new service at Harrisburg. I hope the region supports it. F9 DEN service hopefully will go year round .

User currently offlinepanova98 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Quoting crj900lr (Reply 6):
The best bet would to go after Sun Air to IAD,

DOT awarded an EAS contract to Sun Air, Lancaster to IAD (and Hagerstown, MD to IAD), on August 3. Apparently, according to an August 16 article on lancasteronline.com, startup date is "targeted for Oct. 15." Service with 9-passenger, Piper Chieftains, replacing the existing Cape Air, well-liked but not enought traffic for Cape Air, service to BWI that Cape Air, after serveral years, decided to end.

Of course, considering the lack of any history of Sun Air (they recently won an EAS contract for Victoria, TX, but I don't believe they've started anything just yet), I wouldn't count on that date as being assured.

As to Allegiant Air, I believe they have approached just about every small and mid-sized airport in the country, particularly an airport begging for service, about starting service to Sanford/Orlando, Myrtle Beach, etc., provided the airports bear just about all the costs and risk associated with the service, and with little or no guarantee that the service will last beyond a few months. Allegiant makes money, and if you've seen their business model and tried to book with them, you can pretty easily understand why. Just my opinion.


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5790 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Quoting panova98 (Reply 8):
provided the airports bear just about all the costs and risk associated with the service,

Low costs to Allegiant, yes (along with marketing funds). But risk? Allegiant stays away from revenue guarantees and subsidies which typically require an airline to commit to a minimum length of time in the market. G4 would rather admit they were wrong and leave a poor market quickly than rely on revenue guarantees.



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User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3052 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Quoting MLI717fan (Reply 4):
MDT-SFB Flights run Wednesday & Saturday. Departing MDT at 4:45pm, arriving SFB at 7:05pm. Departing SFB at 2:00pm and arriving MDT at 4:05pm

Here is F9 random weekly schedule in December

F9 478 Tuesday MCO-MDT 8:25A 10:42A
F9 479 Tuesday MDT-MCO 11:25A 1:38P

F9 485 Wednesday MCO-MDT 12:25P 2:42P
F9 482 Wednesday MDT-MCO 3:22P 5:35P

F9 478 Thursday MCO-MDT 825A 10:42A
F9 479 Thursday MDT-MCO 11:25A 1:38P

F9 478 Friday MCO-MDT 8:25A 10:42A
F9 479 Friday MDT-MCO 11:25A 1:38P

F9 478 Sunday MCO-MDT 8:00A 10:17A
F9 479 Sunday MDT-MCO 11:00A 113P

Monday appears to be the only day MDT is not offered to Orlando on F9 or G4. For those with rental cars driving to and from the aiports SFB offers less crowds/congestion and no known road tolls. MCO is a little closer to mouse central and the other theme parks.



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User currently offlineBuddys747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 523 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Last year FL was running 2 daily MDT-MCO. So total flights this winter to Orlando will be 7. G4 has had good success in Allentown .

User currently offlinebatonops From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 746 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Quoting Buddys747 (Reply 7):
Always nice to see new service at Harrisburg. I hope the region supports it. F9 DEN service hopefully will go year round .

  

It has been a good year for MDT!


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