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Allegiant Air, an ultra-low-cost carrier, is adding 9 new routes to its network map, and some of these new flights go head-to-head with some big-name legacy carriers. Allegiant has a history of going toe-to-toe with other airlines in certain markets, and its fares are certainly cheaper than most of its competitors, so a lot of these flights will be familiar to those who regularly travel.
New Nonstop Routes From Allegiant
Let’s take a look at the new routes one by one.
Austin (AUS) to San Diego (SAN): 2x a Week, Beginning April 20
This route directly competes with Alaska Airlines’ service, and Alaska operates up to 3 daily flights, far more capacity than Allegiant is able to offer. Alaska also offers a premium cabin, and with Austin being the hub of so many tech companies, it will likely be the preferred carrier in most circumstances.
Austin (AUS) to Sarasota (SRQ): 2x a Week, Beginning April 14
This is a new route designed to take Austin-ites to the beach. Many airlines have increased capacity from Austin to Florida to keep up with this sunshine demand.
Austin (AUS) to Washington, D.C. (IAD): 2x a Week, Beginning April 21
This is a direct competition against American Airlines’ flight, which serves both cities daily. American cannot fly to Washington Reagan from Austin as it exceeds the perimeter rule at DCA, so it offers the flights from nearby Dulles, a less convenient airport.
Nashville (BNA) to Providence (PVD): 2x a Week, Beginning April 21
Passengers were able to book this route last in 2019 when it was served by Sun Country. Allegiant looks to be picking up the slack where this previous airline left off.
Nashville (BNA) to Roanoke (ROA): 2x a Week, Beginning April 21
A really odd route for Allegiant to serve, as there’s limited traffic between the 2 cities, but Allegiant will be able to command a premium for the short flight, especially given the limited frequency.
Nashville (BNA) to Washington, D.C. (IAD): 2x a Week, Beginning April 21
United already services this city pair on a daily basis, and sometimes with multiple frequencies, so it will be interesting to see how Allegiant can compete with them. United will fly larger planes and has a premium cabin.
Orange County (SNA) to Des Moines (DSM): 2x a Week, Beginning April 14
This is another really odd route, as to serve this twice-weekly would really only mean that Allegiant is trying to capitalize on those passengers only willing to fly nonstop at a higher price.
San Diego (SAN) to Sioux Falls (FSD): 2x a Week, Beginning May 19
Like the Orange County route, Allegiant looks to be trying to charge a premium fare on this little-traveled route.
Savannah (SAV) to Flint (FNT): 2x a Week, Beginning April 15
Likely designed to capitalize on tourism traffic, this route doesn’t have any direct competition.
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It’s always exciting when an airline starts new routes, especially when it serves cities that are popular among travelers or when it provides a nonstop route to destinations that would otherwise require a connection. While Allegiant is a low-cost carrier, the convenience of many of these routes will certainly appeal to a lot of travelers!
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