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Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:53 am
by MesaFlyGuy
Today, December 20th, Allegiant Air started its twice weekly flights to ISP from PGD. Flight 998 arrived from PGD at 3:40pm (sched. 2:44pm) and flight 999 took off at 7:40pm. I personally forgot to go see it (I know, I know, what a thing to forget   ) but I'm sure the local news stations will have pieces on it, especially given the 4 hours (sched. for 5 hours) on the ground for press and what-not.

Hopefully these flights will be successful and entice G4 into adding more frequency or more destinations from ISP. Hopefully we can give Allegiant enough to have a happy experience at ISP!  http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAY999

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:51 am
by MKE22
Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Thread starter):
Hopefully these flights will be successful and entice G4 into adding more frequency or more destinations from ISP. Hopefully we can give Allegiant enough to have a happy experience at ISP!  

Good luck to ya, I like rooting for smaller airports.

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:54 pm
by bjorn14
I am surprised G4 started with PGD instead of SFB.

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:57 pm
by B6JFKH81
Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 2):
I am surprised G4 started with PGD instead of SFB.

I'm not. A lot more snowbirds from this area "flock" to the Sarasota/Venice/Punta Gorda/Fort Meyers area, and a lot of folks retire to that area as well so there is a lot of VFR demand from their relatives that still live up here on Long Island. WN flies non-stop to TPA and RSW from ISP, PGD is in the middle. SFB would compete with WN's service to MCO which is more vacationers and from all the various threads we have seen on here, lower-yielding. I think PGD was a pretty good idea now that I look at it LOL.

Best of luck to G4 on this endeavor, wish I could have been there to hear the roar of the mad dog at ISP!

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:25 pm
by flyguy1
Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 3):
I'm not. A lot more snowbirds from this area "flock" to the Sarasota/Venice/Punta Gorda/Fort Meyers area, and a lot of folks retire to that area as well so there is a lot of VFR demand from their relatives that still live up here on Long Island. WN flies non-stop to TPA and RSW from ISP, PGD is in the middle. SFB would compete with WN's service to MCO which is more vacationers and from all the various threads we have seen on here, lower-yielding. I think PGD was a pretty good idea now that I look at it LOL.

Interesting, I always thought the east coast of FLA was more popular with the NY crowd. West coast of FLA went more towards the New England, and Midwest crowd.

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:48 am
by sspontak
What aircraft type are they using for the ISP service?

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:07 am
by MesaFlyGuy
Quoting sspontak (Reply 5):
What aircraft type are they using for the ISP service?

Mad Dog, operating Mon and Fri  

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:29 am
by compliancecheck
I remember flying into ISP on US Air MD-80's and Fokker 100's growing up. Back then Florida had US Air service (I believe) and even Carnival Airlines.

Welcome to Allegiant. Maybe one day ISP can have another "hey day!"

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:41 pm
by B6JFKH81
Quoting flyguy1 (Reply 4):
Interesting, I always thought the east coast of FLA was more popular with the NY crowd. West coast of FLA went more towards the New England, and Midwest crowd.

Sure, a lot of people go to the east coast too (hence the Miami area being called the 6th borough of NYC LOL), but plenty of folks prefer to go to other parts. I know quite a few people that have moved to the Sarasota/Venice/Tampa area in their retirement. My parents are going to move into The Villages which surprised me considering for the last 40+ years they have been a few minute drive to any beach around here (my dad walks the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow on most mornings) and now they'll be in central Florida with no beach close by. They were also looking in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area for a while but decided on The Villages. I guess as time marches on, the "norms" either change or disappear since everyone has their own tastes and likes.

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:46 pm
by jetstar
Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 8):
Sure, a lot of people go to the east coast too (hence the Miami area being called the 6th borough of NYC LOL), but plenty of folks prefer to go to other parts. I know quite a few people that have moved to the Sarasota/Venice/Tampa area in their retirement. My parents are going to move into The Villages which surprised me considering for the last 40+ years they have been a few minute drive to any beach around here (my dad walks the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow on most mornings) and now they'll be in central Florida with no beach close by. They were also looking in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area for a while but decided on The Villages. I guess as time marches on, the "norms" either change or disappear since everyone has their own tastes and likes.


I agree that the MIA snd FLL areas are like the 6th borough of New York City, I spent a lot of time in these areas back in my JetStar flying days and visiting relatives who retired to the FLL area, which is the reason why I bought property in the Sarasota area, I run back and forth a lot between LGA and either TPA or SRQ because of business investments in this area.

You tend to see more mid westerners than New Yorkers in this area and well as Canadians and is more spread out than the congested areas along I-95 from MIA to PBI, so you don’t have the traffic, wall to wall high rises along the beachfront, or for that matter the crime problems and real estate is more affordable than the east coast of Florida, and also get to see fabulous sunsets in the evening, can’t beat sitting on Siesta Key or Turtle Beach watching the sun go down on the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying a nice glass of wine.

I hope you parents like the Villages, I have been there and was not impressed, mainly for the same reason, its almost 70 miles to the nearest beach, but if they are golfers, then they are in golf paradise, 27 golf courses to choose from.

JetStar

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:58 pm
by SXDFC
Here are some pictures that I figure I'd share of the first ( scheduled/ non charter ) G4 arrival into ISP. N893GA operated this flight.

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RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:56 pm
by MesaFlyGuy
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 10):

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Do you know if the flights were full? Also, from which gate did it operate?

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:41 am
by SXDFC
Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 11):
Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Do you know if the flights were full? Also, from which gate did it operate?

Not sure about the loads, but it used the corner gate at the older terminal.

Figured I'd throw this out there, US Airways Express just had a jetway installed, although I am not sure what or if its for the intention of bringing in bigger Express equipment.

RE: Allegiant Inaugurates ISP!

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:22 pm
by MesaFlyGuy
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):

Hmm,       hopefully a sign of good things to come.    I assume the DCA flights will be using it now?