Pushing Ahead: Allegiant Adds Nine New Routes

Allegiant has today revealed nine new routes. Only two will have head-to-head competition, and seven have never been served before. Six of the nine are to Florida and Arizona, beginning in time for spring break.

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Allegiant is adding new routes to various big airports, most added since the pandemic struck. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Allegiant announces nine new routes

With Allegiant’s first new route taking off in February, all nine will be operational come March 11th. Although unconnected, it comes shortly after Breeze Airways revealed eight new routes, six from West Palm Beach, its second airport in Florida. And it follows Allegiant recently inaugurating 31 routes, including from Melbourne and Washington Dulles, new airports in its system.

  1. Appleton to Denver: taking off on March 11th, twice-weekly
  2. Appleton to Fort Lauderdale: March 10th, twice-weekly
  3. Appleton to Sarasota: March 11th, twice-weekly
  4. Clarksburg to Tampa St Pete: March 11th, twice-weekly
  5. Flint to Boston: March 10th, twice-weekly
  6. Flint to Jacksonville: March 11th, twice-weekly
  7. Knoxville to Minneapolis: March 9th, twice-weekly
  8. Knoxville to Phoenix Sky Harbor: February 16th, twice-weekly
  9. Toledo to Phoenix-Mesa: March 9th, twice-weekly

Allegiant will compete directly with United Express on Appleton to Denver, which initially operated route between 2009 and 2011 and then again from 2018 onwards. It uses SkyWest’s 50-seat CRJs on the once-daily, 883-mile (1,421km) link. Meanwhile, Knoxville-Minneapolis, which has operated for years, will resume on June 6th. Served once-daily, it’ll see Endeavor Air’s three-class, 76-seat CRJ-900s.

Allegiant's March development
March 2022 is at 128% of the 2019 figure, showing just how quickly Allegiant has grown during the pandemic. Since 2011, Allegiant’s seats have grown faster than flights due to aircraft upgauging, from MD-80 to A319 to A320. Source of data: Cirium.

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Third route is coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor

Allegiant added Phoenix Sky Harbor to its network in May, supplementing service to Phoenix-Mesa, the airline’s fourth-largest base. In October, two routes began: Provo, about 48 miles (77km) south of Salt Lake City, and Stockton, about 49 miles (79km) south of Sacramento.

Sky Harbor was a test, the airline said. If it succeeds, based on performance, more routes will be added. Although it’s still early days for the two routes, adding Knoxville to Sky Harbor is a good sign. And at 1,599 miles (2,574km) with a block time westwards of over four hours, it will also be one of Allegiant’s longest routes.

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In 2019, over 26,000 round-trip passengers flew Phoenix-Knoxville. Even before demand is stimulated from non-stop service and lower fares, it is a good-sized unserved market. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Growth from Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis

Alongside Sky Harbor, it’s good to see more big-airport service, with new routes to Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis. Of course, none of these airports are big for the ULCC. None rank higher than 50th busiest based on flights.

Allegiant inaugurated Denver in 2017, Boston in 2020, and Minneapolis earlier in 2021. Looking ahead to next year, it’ll have eight routes from Boston and six from both Denver and Minneapolis.

What do you make of these new routes? Share your thoughts on them and your experiences with Allegiant in the comments.