-- First-Time Ever Service between Oakland and Bellingham, Washington, a Gateway to British Columbia; Two Weekly Flights --
Oakland, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2009) -- Allegiant Air begins nonstop service between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Bellingham International Airport (BLI), a gateway to British Columbia, Canada, today. This important new service marks the first-ever nonstop flights between OAK and BLI, located in Washington State.
"For the first time, nonstop flights are available from Oakland to Bellingham, Washington," said Steve Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates OAK. "Now, travelers have a convenient link between the San Francisco Bay Area and Bellingham, a key gateway to Vancouver and the growing Pacific Northwest region. The service is timely as the number of visitors from Canada to the United States has increased significantly in recent months and the flights will have a positive impact on tourism-related industries."
Low-cost Allegiant moved its flight operations to OAK from San Francisco International Airport, citing the East Bay airport's lower operating costs, accessibility to downtown San Francisco, and on-time reliability. Allegiant is the only air carrier to offer nonstop flights between the Bay Area and Bellingham, Washington. The airline is using 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft for the approximate two-hour flight on Monday and Friday as follows:
|OAK to BLI ||BLI to OAK |
*Feb 2 inaugural flight from OAK is scheduled to depart at 9:05 p.m.
All flight times are local. Flights operate from OAK's Terminal 1.
Allegiant has announced plans to increase its initial twice-weekly service at OAK by summer 2009. The airline plans to offer three weekly flights by May, and five weekly flights by June.
About the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the third busiest containerport on the U.S. West Coast. Oakland International Airport offers 150 daily nonstop flights to 26 destinations; and the Port's real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square, and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Please visit www.portofoakland.com and www.oaklandairport.com.
About Allegiant Air
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the Company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services. Please visit www.allegiantair.com.
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