GREEN – Allegiant Air will return to Akron-Canton Airport next March.
The getaway-concentrated airline will give assistance two times per 7 days to Savannah, Ga., and a few Florida cities — Punta Gorda, Sarasota and St. Petersburg.
The Tuesday early morning announcement came a thirty day period following Allegiant reported it would conclude provider at Cleveland Hopkins Worldwide Airport.
Much more about Allegiant:The airline will commence services from Akron-Canton Airport in March.
Allegiant in the beginning made available assistance from Akron-Canton in Might 2015. It moved to Hopkins in February 2017, a couple months just after Spirit Airlines started services from Akron-Canton to family vacation places in Florida and South Carolina.
“It really is a huge bonus for us,” Ren Camacho, the airport’s president and main government officer, explained of Allegiant’s return.
The consolidation of airways strike Akron-Canton really hard, in particular just after Southwest Airlines merged with AirTran. Southwest at some point left Akron-Canton, inserting all of its Northeast Ohio flights at Hopkins.
The coronavirus pandemic created Akron-Canton’s predicament worse as air journey dropped sharply. The airport is functioning with JobsOhio on a program to regain lost support and has generated much more than $1 million in neighborhood matching funds to aid convey airways back.
Camacho said the JobsOhio method was not required to bring Allegiant to Akron-Canton.
Mike Graci, manager for airport affairs at Allegiant, said the airline returned mainly because customers favor the usefulness of Akron-Canton. He mentioned the airport has reduce running expenses than Hopkins, which assists Allegiant hold its ticket costs reduced.
Graci stated service to the 4 towns is just a starting. Allegiant is on the lookout at other likely places to hook up with Northeast Ohio. Probable locations will be places with seashores or that have cultural significance, he claimed.
Camacho mentioned airport personnel members have been speaking with Allegiant officers considering that the airline left, operating to entice them back.
Graci explained all those conversations and Allegiant’s preceding perform with Akron-Canton helped make the go from Hopkins much more economical.
Allegiant is the second airline this year to start out new assistance at Akron-Canton. Breeze Airways commenced in June giving service to New Orleans, Tampa, Fla., and Charleston, South Carolina.
Three of the four Allegiant destinations are more areas for Akron-Canton, with the Tampa-St. Petersburg region already served. Spirit and Breeze fly to Tampa Global Airport, although Allegiant flights will go into St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
Allegiant is supplying special fares on new Akron-Canton flights. Tickets go on sale Wednesday and are for travel by Might 16.