February 13, 2015
By Jessica Palombo
Today is the first flight on a new route from Jacksonville International Airport to Pittsburgh. The twice-weekly flight is one of two new offerings from Allegiant Air. Its other one goes to Cincinnati.
Jacksonville Aviation Authority spokesman Michael Stewart says the new flights reflect the highest level of passenger traffic the airport has seen since 2007.
"As the economy has gotten stronger, we’re seeing some more air traffic out of Jacksonville, and that’s a great thing for both the business and leisure traveler, giving more options," he said, "and when there’s more competition, it also helps drive down ticket prices.”
In addition to the new Allegiant Air routes, Jacksonville’s main airport is also offering increased routes to in-state destinations like Fort Lauderdale, as well as the return of vacation-destination routes to the Bahamas.
Stewart says each of the last 11 months has brought more passengers than the previous one.