OAK Selected for Allegiant Travel Company Bay Area Expansion
January 24, 2012
Oakland International Airport Selected For Allegiant Travel Company San Francisco Bay Area Expansion
Allegiant to Offer Seven New Nonstop Destinations from OAK in April 2012
Adds 60 New Jobs in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2012) — Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced that it will expand its operation at Oakland International Airport (OAK), adding seven new nonstop destinations and 60 new jobs beginning April 25, 2012. Allegiant Travel Company, which is known for its exceptional travel deals, will add the new nonstop cities to the existing three for a total of 10 markets served from OAK.
The seven new cities from OAK are:
- In Montana – Billings, Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula;
- In Oregon – Medford and Redmond; and
- In Idaho – Idaho Falls.
The airline currently provides nonstop service at OAK between Eugene, Oregon; Bellingham, Washington, which is a US gateway to Vancouver, British Columbia; and Phoenix-Mesa, which it launched on Jan. 18, 2012. For flight days and times on Allegiant’s 10 routes at OAK, visit allegiant.com.
As part of its expansion, Allegiant plans to base two 166-passenger MD-80 aircraft to support its growing operation at OAK. The airline will also secure additional space in OAK’s Terminal 1 where it operates.
City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said of today’s announcement, “My administration has focused on this for many months, and we are delighted that Allegiant has decided to focus on Oakland International Airport as the best gateway to Bay Area tourism. Allegiant is one of the most profitable airlines serving the nation, and these new jobs are a welcome way to start 2012.”
“Allegiant understands Oakland International Airport’s value as a key link to inbound tourism in the San Francisco Bay Area,” noted Port Commission President Pamela Calloway. She added, “Building upon the success of their existing service, these seven new markets will add considerable economic impact and growth to area tourism. In alignment with the Port’s strategic plan, the economic impact is estimated at $75 to $100 million in the first year of operation and the addition of 60 Oakland-based jobs.”
Together, with the existing three cities, Allegiant will offer 25 to 30 weekly nonstop departures from OAK effective April 25, 2012. Allegiant moved from SFO and began serving OAK in February 2009. Their flights to Bellingham and Eugene are the airport’s top two in terms of seats filled per flight.
Reservations may be made through the company’s website at allegiant.com or by calling Allegiant’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.
About the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport
The Port of Oakland includes the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 70,000 jobs in the region and over 800,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.
Allegiant, travel is our deal.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline, and offers other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets through its website, allegiant.com. The company ranked ninth this year in Forbes’ Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” for the second consecutive year--in 2011 and 2010, In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study.
Rosemary Barnes, Port of Oakland
Brian Davis, Allegiant