May 24, 2016
Jensen Werley, Reporter
Jacksonville Business Journal
Allegiant Air is starting its summer seasonal travel this week, with direct flights from Jacksonville to three new locations.
On Wednesday, Allegiant will start its new service to Columbus Rickenbacker Airport, with its first departure at 2:47 p.m.
Friday will have two new flights. At 9:20 a.m., service will start to Mid-America St. Louis Airport. At 2:28 p.m., service will begin to Asheville, North Carolina.
Allegiant has been rapidly adding service to Jacksonville, going from zero flights to nine in just over one year.
Allegiant has said that Jacksonville is an ideal city for its growing market. Not only is Jacksonville underserved for flights, but it’s an attractive city that entices travelers.
“It’s an Allegiant-sized city,” he said. “With most of our destinations, like Las Vegas, people are flying into Las Vegas,” said Lukas Johnson, senior vice president of planning, earlier this month.” With Jacksonville, people are flying both ways…. For us, Jacksonville is a perfect city.”
It's not the only new flights this week. Silver Airways is starting its direct flights to Nassau, Bahamas from Jacksonville on Thursday.