--The First Flight Ever Between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and the San Francisco Bay Area --
Oakland, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2011) -- Allegiant today announced new nonstop service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Oakland International Airport (OAK) beginning Jan. 18, 2012. This will be Allegiant's third destination from OAK.
The 150-passenger MD-80 aircraft will operate daily except Tuesday. The new flight is in addition to their existing service to Bellingham International Airport (BLI), a gateway to British Columbia, Canada, and Eugene International Airport (EUG). Like BLI and EUG, the flights will be marketed to inbound San Francisco Bay Area tourists purchasing packages through Allegiant Travel.
"OAK is thrilled to be Allegiant's preferred, value-added gateway to all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. From San Francisco and Oakland to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, visitors to the Bay Area will find OAK offers great access and easy-to-use, customer-friendly facilities. Together with the flights from Bellingham and Eugene, the new Phoenix-Mesa flights will significantly enhance the Bay Area's tourism economy as visitors enjoy our world-class hotels, restaurants and attractions." said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates Oakland International Airport.
Flights begin Jan. 18, 2012, making it the first new route of the year for OAK. Allegiant operates at OAK's Terminal 1.
Low-cost Allegiant moved its flight operations to OAK from San Francisco International Airport in 2009 citing the East Bay airport's lower operating costs, accessibility to downtown San Francisco tourist attractions, and on-time reliability. The move has proved popular as Allegiant has added increased frequencies, added new destinations and has the highest load factor of any airline serving OAK with 94% of seats typically occupied. Allegiant is the only air carrier to offer nonstop flights between the Bay Area and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway and Bellingham, Washington.
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, 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.allegiant.com.
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