Allegiant Expands To Palm Beach And Others With 7 New Routes

Allegiant Air announced Thursday that it is adding seven new nonstop routes to its network from November 19th.…

Allegiant Expands To Palm Beach And Others With 7 New Routes

Allegiant Air announced Thursday that it is adding seven new nonstop routes to its network from November 19th. With three new destinations in Florida and two in California, the Nevada-based budget airline is betting on domestic winter tourism to restart the US leisure travel segment in earnest.

Nevada-based Allegiant Air is launching seven new routes in November. Photo: Getty Images

Seven new nonstop routes

New route announcements are certainly a sight for sore eyes these days. Even as the road to recovery on the US market remains patchy, and October 1st looms darkly ahead, there are reasons to remember there will be an everyday existence beyond corona.

In a bid to jumpstart the leisure segment in which it operates, Allegiant Air is launching seven new nonstop routes – and offering one-way tickets for as little as $29 on some of them (if you can catch them, that is, that particular offer ends in two days).

The Nevada-based low-cost carrier will commence operations on three new routes to Florida, two to California, one to Arizona, and one to Utah, all commencing mid-November.

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Allegiant will fly to three new destinations in Florida and two in California.  Photo: Allegiant Air

Destinations and dates

All the following seven new and one reinstated route will be operated nonstop and twice-weekly.

Allegiant will fly to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in Southwest Florida from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW), both beginning on November 20th.

The airline will operate flights to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), also in Florida, from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), starting November 19th.

The new route connecting Phoenix-Mesa Gateway International Airport (AZA) in Arizona and Santa Maria, California, via Santa Maria Airport (SMX) will also begin on November 19th.

Allegiant will also fly to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Southern California from both Boise Airport (BOI) in Idaho, and Eugene Airport (EUG) in Oregon, beginning November 19th and 20th respectively.

The new seasonal route to Denver International Airport (DEN), Colorado, will connect the city with Provo, Utah, via Provo Municipal Airport (PVU).

After a short hiatus, Allegiant is also bringing back a seasonal route between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Montana, and Nashville International Airport (BNA), Tennessee.

Offers on these new nonstop flights currently range from $29 to $59. However, to take advantage of the super low prices, customers must book before August 29th (in two days at the time of writing), and fly before February 8th, 2021.

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All-Airbus Allegiant is not the only carrier betting on domestic winter tourism. Photo: Airbus

The race for the Sunshine State

Allegiant is not the only US airline to bet on Florida as a destination domestic tourism may increase as long-haul travel remains uncertain for the winter season. Just earlier this month, United Airlines revealed plans for a large point-to-point expansion in the Sunshine State.

Low-cost rival JetBlue has also included Florida in its expansion plans, with Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale all getting new connections from across the country.

Will you be taking advantage of any of these new nonstop offerings from Allegiant? Let us know in the comments. 

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Aliansa DC-3 Skids Off Of Runway In Colombia

An aircraft has skidded off the runway in Colombia after an operational failure upon landing. The incident happened…

Aliansa DC-3 Skids Off Of Runway In Colombia

An aircraft has skidded off the runway in Colombia after an operational failure upon landing. The incident happened yesterday afternoon, local time. The aircraft belongs to a small airline in the South American country; however, this was not its first incident.

An Aliansa DC-3 slid of the runway in Colombia yesterday. Photo: Aliansa

Aliansa’s DC-3 skids of runway

Earlier this week, an aircraft belonging to Aliansa Aerolineas Andinas skidded off the runway at Jorge Enrique González Torres Airport in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia. The plane was a Douglas DC-3 registered as HK-2006 and got into difficulty after a landing gear failure on Wednesday August 26th.

The plane was completing a regional service between Pacoa, in the south of Colombia, and San Jose del Guaviare near central Colombia. It arrived at 16:20 local time (21:20 UTC), only it could not land correctly.

According to photos that emerged later on social media, the aircraft is seen fully positioned on the grass verge at the side of the runway.

A prompt rescue and investigation

Thankfully, the aircraft was not full at the time of the accident. Instead, it was carrying just three crew members and no passengers. Upon its unusual landing, no casualties were reported, and HK-2006 was soon rescued.

An investigation is now underway to uncover the full details of the landing. However, initial findings suggest that the root cause was a burst tire on the landing gear.

According to the press release issued by Civil Aeronautics, shared on the news site Marandua and translated from Spanish,

“The aircraft suffered seemingly minor damage and remains stationed in the security zone of the airfield, which is now closed as a result of the incident. A commission from the Civil Aeronautics is at San Jose del Guaviare to begin the investigation into how the incident occurred.”

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Aliansa’s DC-3 has been in an accident before. Photo: Falcon® Photography via Flickr

Interestingly, this is not the first time that the aircraft has got into trouble. On January 24th 2008, HK-2006 has a similar issue on landing in Teresita Airport in Colombia. On approach to the runway, the left portion of the landing gear struck a mound of sand, which caused it to collapse.

As a result, one of its engines caught fire. Despite that, all 13 travelers onboard the aircraft escaped unharmed. The incident was ultimately blamed on pilot error, and a final report suggested that the accident could have been avoided had crew approached the runway from a higher altitude.

Who is Aliansa Aerolineas Andinas?

Since damages are minor, the aircraft will likely be back in the air in no time after the investigation is complete. Aliansa will be happy to have it back in the fleet.

Over the wing DC3 Aliansa
Aliansa has a limited fleet of four aircraft. Photo: Aliansa

The Colombian airline only has a limited selection of aircraft. It flies three Douglas DC-3 and one Douglas DC-3TP. With these aircraft, it services passengers in Eastern and Amazon regions of the country from La Vanguardia Airport. As well as passenger flights, it also provides charter services, cargo, and the transport of fuel.

What do you think of this story? Have your say in the comments. 

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