Topic of the Week: Allegiant’s Big Expansion

Allegiant announced 18 new routes last week from existing bases to a variety of new cities. At first, I figured some of these were because with A319s, Allegiant has longer legs than it did with the MD-80. But the airline says that any of these could be flown with an MD-80. So what do you make of these? Any stand out to you?

(I’m interested in Concord, NC – just on the northeast side of Charlotte.)

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CFChuckNick BarnardBG2/Gastonia, NCChicago Chris Recent comment authors
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I live in Charlotte and the JQF expansion is really interesting. The airport lies just 25 minutes NE of CLT and it used to lie just North of the 23 arrival pattern as arrivals pass just South of Concord’s runway to turn to the 23 final. I doubt this is the reason, but the FAA recently stopped most 5/23 operations ( because of the potential for flight paths to cross. But I figured this had to do with flight paths closer to CLT. I do like the idea that the Charlotte area has another commercial airport option, but I doubt… Read more »


I think there is a possibility that ISP might become a destination city beyond just PGD service. G4 has made no secret of the fact that they want to enter the NYC leisure travel market. After losing out on the LGA slots, I think that ISP is their next viable alternative since there is name recognition associated with New York/Long Island”. Even though ISP is fifty miles from Manhattan, I think G4 has the ability to make that airport there gateway to NYC. Anybody familiar with the area knows that ISP is a stretch from all the main NYC tourist… Read more »

David SF eastbay

Wow two Friday topics of the week, I almost didn’t see this one.

Looks like get snowbirds to Florida for winter and a couple of Mesa tossed in.

I’m never impressed with their announced service unless they give a begin and end date.

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Chicago Chris

With LGA, EWR, JFK and other airports nearby ISP is rarely, if ever, considered by most in NYC. It’s inconvenient to access by public transit and not served by major shuttles. ISP is definitely for Long Island snowbirds. I’d almost wonder if an airline really wanted to make ISP their hub they’d do like Azul, which I believe offers a shuttle to/from city centers, in this case midtown Manhattan (in true Allegiant fashion for an extra fee, of course). G4 already does this in Las Vegas with a partner, it might actually work to make NYC a destination. RFD is… Read more »

BG2/Gastonia, NC

I am, too, looking forward to Allegiant coming to Concord. I am from Gastonia, 15 miles west of CLT, but I would be willing to give Concord Regional a try. I do think that the Charlotte/Gastonia area is already within decent reach of an existing Allegiant city (Greenville-Spartanburg, SC; Asheville, NC and Greensboro, NC), but it’s simply exciting because the service will be the first commercial service ever from the field.

Nick Barnard

I don’t get whats so big about Concord, NC? Its another play of Allegiant/LCC’s normal strategy of serving a smaller, lower cost airport near a higher cost airport..

Nick Barnard

Oh, also ELM->PIE would’ve been useful in the late 80s to visit my Aunt Edna. Not that I ever really wanted to be at ELM (it was the alternate airport when BGM was fogged in, whatta expect when you build the airport on top of a hill?) or visit Aunt Edna. (She was a nice lady, but bugged my pre-teen self.)


Allegiant seems to enter and leave cities rather quickly. They have started up service several times only to abandon it months later. has some details – obviously not a pro-Allegiant management site but there is some good information there.