SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Allegiant announced Tuesday it will be adding new nonstop routes to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The new seasonal routes include:
- Belleville, Illinois via MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) – beginning June 6, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.
- Houston, Texas via William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – beginning May 28, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.
- Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.
- Punta Gorda, Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) – beginning June 6, 2020 with fares as low as $44.
- Newburgh, New York via New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) – beginning May 20, 2020 with fares as low as $55.
In all, Allegiant is adding 44 new nonstop routes, including 14 routes to three new cities: Chicago, Boston, and Houston.
“There is a lot of leisure demand for cities that are regional destinations, and this route expansion will address some of that need,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “Also, this growth is about Allegiant being true to our mission as a company. We’re increasing the number of low-cost, affordable travel options for people who may otherwise be priced out of air travel.”
While the airport already had a historic year, they feel this will bring them to new heights.
“Which brings their total nonstop flights from Savannah to 20 and that’s part of the reason that we were able to have a fourth record breaking year and surpass three million passengers for the first time in our history,” said Chairman of the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport Commission, Steve Green.
This is Allegiant’s largest service expansion ever. They say it was important to not only service new areas, but to also keep fares low for customers.
“We know that they want that ultra low cost fare and so because they have that fair here it just stimulates the market and makes them want to come to Savannah even more,” said Bud Hafer, Allegiant Manager for Airport Affairs.
To celebrate the largest expansion in Allegiant’s history, the company is offering one-way fares on the new routes as low as $33.
“I haven’t flown on Allegiant, but I will with rates like that. It sounds wonderful,” said Rhonda Alexander.
Allegiant’s announcement is not only exciting for some passengers but also for the local economy.
“Opening these new markets gives us an opportunity to showcase the destination that means people could relocate their business here, people will buy homes here or second homes or third homes, they’ll discover Tybee Island so it really is an exposure for the entire marketplace,” said Joseph Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah.
“Anytime that we can look to have our hotels, home and villas, restaurants and businesses within the destination full 365 days a year that’s a great opportunity,” said Ariana Pernice, Vice President of Vistor and Convention Bureau with Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Chamber.
The new nonstop routes will operate twice weekly. To find out more, click here.