Allegiant Air has announced that it will begin service to T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island this fall. Allegiant is the second American ultra low-cost carrier to enter the PVD market this year, after Frontier Airlines announced in May that it will begin service from PVD to Denver and Orlando later this year. Norwegian Air Shuttle also began new service from Providence to Europe earlier this month.

Norwegian Air Shuttle flew to Providence for the first time earlier this month.
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Allegiant will fly between PVD and three U.S. cities starting this fall. Service between PVD and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in Florida will start on September 28. Service between PVD and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) will start on October 27. Service between PVD and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will start on November 17. Each route will be served two times per week.

Allegiant Air planes sit on the tarmac at St Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
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“We’re thrilled to announce that we are bringing our unique brand of ultra-low-cost, convenient travel to Providence,” said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant’s Senior Vice President of commercial. “We know that New England travelers are eager to have a convenient, non-stop connection to these great destinations at a fare that everyone can afford.”

“We know that these flights will be popular, not only because of the great fares, but the initial destinations are also significant ones for our customers,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

After the announcement, Allegiant held a sweepstakes that gave locals a chance to win free flights to any destination that the airline services through PVD. The sweepstakes has since ended.

PVD isn’t the only expansion that Allegiant has recently announced. The ULCC has announced  routes that connect Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) in Mississippi and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) to General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee. All three cities are new destinations for Allegiant. Allegiant will serve five routes from MKE, three routes from ORF, and one route from GPT.

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi. The airport, which serves both civil and military aircraft, will get its first Allegiant route later this year.
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Besides entering these new markets, Allegiant is also starting a host of new routes between cities it already flies to. The airline is significantly increasing its service out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). The ULCC will serve AZA to Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Louisville International Airport (SDF) from October 4; AZA to Boise Airport (BOI) on October 6; and AZA to MKE and MidAmerica St Louis Airport (BLV) starting on November 17. The airline will also serve seasonal routes from AZA to Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, Indianapolis International Airport (IND), and PIE this fall. Those routes begin on October 14, November 17, and November 15 respectively.

An Allegiant Air A319 in Phoenix. The airline is expanding its service in the city.
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The new routes bring the total number of cities that Allegiant serves from AZA to 45, the longest of which is to PIE. azcentral.com reports that Allegiant has stopped selling tickets for its new seasonal flights out of AZA for flights through February 13, 2018.

“Eight new destinations are a further testament to the growing strength of the Phoenix East Valley market,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “Today’s announcement by our airline partner Allegiant is great news for air travelers and the East Valley economy.”

“We’re so excited to grow our network and add service in Gulfport, Norfolk, and Milwaukee,” said Johnson. “With the addition of three new cities and a major expansion of service into Phoenix, we’ll be able to offer some great fall travel options, with convenient, nonstop service across the country. We’re proud to be growing again at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.”

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