Both scheduled and charter flights are flown by Allegiant Air, a low-cost American airline. It is a significant airline and ranks as the fourteenth-largest carrier in North America.
Allegiant was established in 1997 and is entirely owned by Allegiant Travel Corporation, a publicly traded business with 4,000 employees and a market valuation of more than US$2.6 billion in 2016. In the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Nevada, Allegiant has its corporate offices.
On June 19, 1998, the airline changed its name to Allegiant Air and obtained FAA and US DOT certification for domestic scheduled and charter operations. The airline is also authorized to provide charter flights to Canada and Mexico.
In addition to Fresno-Las Vegas nonstop service, Allegiant Air established a modest hub in Long Beach, California (LGB), and began flying nonstop flights there in 2000. Later in 2000, Allegiant kept growing and was running the only nonstop jet service between Lake Tahoe Airport and Long Beach Airport in addition to running new flights into Portland, Oregon, and Reno with nonstop flights from Portland to Reno and Reno to Fresno and direct one-stop service from Portland to Fresno via Reno.
The fifth focal city and operations hub for Allegiant was established in Fort Lauderdale on November 14, 2007, establishing a link between previous Allegiant locations and South Florida.
Allegiant opened its sixth base in Bellingham, Washington, in January 2008.
The one-millionth passenger to depart from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was celebrated by Allegiant Air in January 2010. Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford International Airport served as Allegiant’s ninth base when it debuted in February 2010.
Allegiant Air declared in July 2015 that it would open bases at the Asheville Regional Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Boise, Grand Junction, Las Vegas, Medford, Missoula, Provo, Reno/Tahoe, and Spokane are just a few of the initial eight destinations that Allegiant will be flying to from John Wayne Airport in 2021.
The holding company of Allegiant Travel Company, which is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol “ALGT,” includes Allegiant Air as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Allegiant Vacations’ parent organization is Allegiant Travel Corporation.
The primary target market for Allegiant is leisure tourists, especially those from colder northern regions traveling to warm-weather vacation spots like Punta Gorda, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Also, Allegiant flies to smaller cities where there aren’t many direct flights by big airlines.
In February 2011, Allegiant planned to provide two different ticket rates to customers: advance tickets at a fixed higher price and time-of-departure tickets at a reduced price but with extra surcharges based on the cost of jet fuel.
By providing hotel rooms, vehicle rentals, and tickets to tourist sites on its website, Allegiant also makes money through commissions. Under the name Allegiant Vacations, it offers pre-packaged vacations for sale.
In addition to collegiate basketball teams, Allegiant also transports firefighters for the US Forest Service. Starting in June 2009, Allegiant was under contract to offer charter flights from Miami to four Cuban destinations.