Allegiant ready to serve Akron-Canton AirportAllegiant, a company focused on vacation travel, will begin in May offering flights to three destination from Akron-Canton Airport.
CantonRep.com staff writer
GREEN - Brian Davis packed his car 10 years ago and left Stark County for Las Vegas for a job with a start-up business focused on vacation travel.
The Perry High graduate was home Tuesday morning to announce that the start-up business — Allegiant — will offer flights from Akron-Canton Airport to three vacation destinations in the southeast.
“It’s cool to spend the anniversary coming back here to bring service to my hometown,” said Davis, who works as Allegiant’s vice president of marketing.
Allegiant will begin flying to airports near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Hilton Head, South Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Service starts in May.
Flights will be twice each week. Dates, times and fares are found at the company’s website, Allegiant.com.
Airport officials are happy to offer another low-fare airline at Akron-Canton.
“If you’re a golfer or a family you’re going to have great vacation options from the Akron-Canton Airport and Allegiant Air,” Rick McQueen, the airport’s president and chief executive officer, said during a news conference announcing the service.
Akron-Canton sought out Allegiant, first meeting with them earlier this year. McQueen said he was surprised at how quickly the airport and company were able to work a service agreement.
The Myrtle Beach and Savannah destinations are new to Akron-Canton. Service to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, which is a second airport in the Tampa Bay area, also is new, although Southwest Airlines (previously AirTran) has daily flights to Tampa.
The Akron-Canton service was part of an Allegiant announcement about 22 new routes. The company now serves 105 airports around the country. The list includes Columbus Rickenbacker Airport, Greater Cincinnati Airport, Toledo Express and Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
Davis said the company expects to remain at Youngstown-Warren, which offers different service than Akron-Canton.
Allegiant offers lower airline fares, along with vacation travel packages.
The company starts with a base fare, then allows customers to add amenities. A customer can buy the base ticket, or select from a menu of options. Passengers can receive assigned seats or priority seating, for example, for an additional fee. There are baggage fees depending on number of bags carried.
Travel packages also can include deals on rental cars, hotel rooms and attractions. The deals might give a vacation traveler additional savings, Davis said.
The broader offerings have helped Allegiant remain competitive and succeed in the travel industry, Davis said.
McQueen called Allegiant one of the most profitable and sought-after airlines in the country, and noted that the company has been profitable in every quarter since 2003. “There’s no question that their business model works.”
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