Allegiant Press Release: September 20, 2006
ALLEGIANT AIR ANNOUNCES NONSTOP FLIGHTS FROM CHATTANOOGA TO
TAMPA BAY AREA FOR
(Chattanooga, Tenn.)--- Chattanooga get ready for sunshine! The low-cost airline, Allegiant Air, LLC, today announces new, nonstop jet service to Florida's Tampa Bay area from Chattanooga, Tenn. beginning Dec. 11. The low-fare carrier will celebrate the convenient new service to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport with sunny introductory fares as low as $49* each way.
With an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is considered the most popular vacation destination on Florida's West Coast. The area was named among the top beaches in the United States and is one of a few destinations to have received the "Blue Wave Award" from the Clean Beaches Council. In addition to pristine beaches, visitors are within minutes of shopping, amazing golf courses and award-winning resort and dining experiences.
"We are extremely pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service within the Chattanooga community," Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant Air president and CEO, said. "Area residents are now able to enjoy a convenient low-cost vacation getaway to the sunny beaches of the Tampa Bay area."
The self-proclaimed "Official Airline for Sunshine" will launch the new scheduled service from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport with four flights weekly. With service Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flights will depart Chattanooga at 2:35 p.m. arriving in Tampa Bay at 4:05 p.m. Flights leaving Tampa Bay will depart at 12:30 p.m. arriving in Chattanooga at 2 p.m. (all flight times are local.)
"Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is making a great investment in our city and we thank them for their commitment to local air service," said Mike Landguth, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. "Local travelers will benefit even further from the competition that comes with the introduction of the 10th nonstop destination from Chattanooga."
The airline commented that market research and input from local community leaders indicate the entire Chattanooga area will welcome the new nonstop flights and low fares to the Tampa Bay area as an alternative to connecting flights and long drives to other airports. Allegiant will utilize 130-seat, MD
-80 series, jet-aircraft on the route. Allegiant Air will begin nonstop, low-cost service to Orlando from Chattanooga Oct. 31.