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Allegiant Air's New Base at Airport Put on Hold Amid COVID-19 - Friday, April 17, 2020

Allegiant Air's $50 Million Base at Concord Airport Put on Hold Amid COVID-19
Danielle Chemtob
The Charlotte Observer (TNS)
Apr 17th, 2020

Allegiant Travel Company’s $50 million project to create a Concord airport base has been put on hold, amid the financial blow the travel industry is feeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

The base is expected to create at least 66 jobs and accommodate two Airbus aircraft at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. The company, which operates Allegiant Air, was scheduled to open the base in October, but that is likely to be delayed until 2021, spokeswoman Hilarie Grey said in an email.

The city of Concord and Cabarrus County are giving Allegiant a maximum of $123,650 in incentives for the project, but the money isn’t given out until the investment is made, said Concord spokeswoman Allyson Sigmon.

Allegiant is reducing its flight capacity by 80% to 90% for April and May, Grey said, including at Concord. Sigmon said the carrier hasn’t operated a flight out of the airport since March 22.

“We’re disappointed, but we understand,” said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. “We’ll be ready when things start to move around and they’re ready to start on their base operation.”

The airline has seven nonstop routes out of the airport, where it has been operating since 2013. The airline was starting to look at hiring for the base, but that’s been suspended, Grey said.

The Independent Tribune in Concord reported that the city’s airport was slated to receive $2 million under the federal stimulus package. Dusch said the funding will help ensure that the airport can continue operating. 
Allegiant Announces Aircraft Base in Concord, North Carolina

Allegiant Announces Aircraft Base in Concord, North Carolina - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CONCORD, N.C., March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced plans to establish a base of operations at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (USA). The Las Vegas-based company will invest $50 million to establish the new base in Concord, creating at least 66 high-wage jobs and housing two Airbus aircraft.

The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations in Concord on October 7, 2020. Concord-Padgett Regional Airport will become the airline's 21st aircraft base.

Located minutes from Charlotte, Concord is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, with a robust business infrastructure and a diverse workforce. Home to some of North Carolina's top tourist destinations, including NASCAR's famed Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills, the city boasts a historic downtown district and a wide variety of entertainment and leisure activities for visitors and local residents. Concord is the largest city in Cabarrus County, with a population of more than 94,000.

"Since Allegiant's first flight from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport in 2013, their growth has been truly remarkable," said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch. "We are very pleased that Allegiant has selected Concord for a new base of operations, which brings new jobs and travel opportunities for the citizens of Concord and the Charlotte region. We look forward to continue developing our partnership with Allegiant in the future."

"We're excited about making Concord a permanent base, and further establishing Allegiant as a hometown airline for this high-performance city," said Keith Hansen, Allegiant's vice president of government affairs. "With a growing and diverse population seeking affordable vacation travel, and as a regional destination for race enthusiasts, arts fans and more, Concord is an ideal location for an Allegiant base. Having locally-based operations will mean opportunities for expanded hours, as well as more – and more frequent – flight offerings for residents and visitors alike."

"This decision reaffirms that what began as a wonderful opportunity for a growing destination has grown into a committed relationship," said Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. "My staff and I are humbled by this opportunity and milestone for USA. We look forward to working hand in hand with Allegiant Air to ensure that both residents and visitors alike are recipients of excellent customer service and expanded vacation opportunities." 

"Allegiant took Cabarrus County's tourism industry to the next level with commercial air service and we're proud to offer our support as they continue to grow," said Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Donna Carpenter. "Visitor spending reached over $469 million in Cabarrus County in 2018. These enhancements will fuel that figure, generating tax revenues that will positively impact the local economy and quality of life in our community."

Allegiant began operating at USA in 2013 and currently offers seven non-stop routes: one to the Mardi Gras City of New Orleans and six to premier Florida destinations, including Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Palm Beach, Punta Gorda and St. Pete-Clearwater. Since establishing service, Allegiant has flown more than one million passengers through Concord, including 353,000 in 2019 alone.

"Cabarrus County's investment in Allegiant emphasizes the power of collaboration," said Cabarrus CountyBoard of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris. "Our support of projects related to the Concord-Padgett Regional Airport boosts the economic stability of all municipalities in our county and throughout the region."

Both the Concord City Council and Cabarrus County Commissioners approved three-year economic development grants for the expansion. Based on a portion of the increased tax investment, the grant amount from the City of Concord would not exceed $48,649 and $75,001 from Cabarrus County.

"The establishment of this base really reinforces Allegiant's commitment to our community," said Cabarrus Economic Development Existing Industry Director Page Castrodale. "It sends a message that Cabarrus County is the right place to do business."

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,300 team members across the U.S., plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the operations. The majority of the new positions are expected to offer salaries that are more than double the state's average wage. Interested applicants may apply online.

Allegiant Travel Company

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences - from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant serves more than 450 routes across the country, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. Allegiant's Sunseeker Resorts subsidiary is currently under construction with its inaugural resort property, Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida - a unique waterside integrated resort like no other. And a growing group of Allegiant Nonstop family entertainment centers offer state-of-the art indoor games and attractions to thrill seekers of all ages. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport opened in 1994 and has grown to be one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. The airport's strong general aviation focus has been enhanced by the availability of Allegiant Air's low-cost scheduled passenger service to seven destinations. Over 40 City of Concord Aviation Department coworkers operate Concord-Padgett Regional and provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, parking, and customer services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site. CPRA also has an on-site, staffed fire station operated by the Concord Fire Department and a control tower operated by contracted staff. The annual budget for the airport currently exceeds $12 million.

 
ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES SERVICE FROM CONCORD TO WEST PALM BEACH

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES SERVICE FROM CONCORD TO WEST PALM BEACH - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

 

CONCORD, N.C. Aug. 13, 2019 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new service from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (USA) to West Palm Beach, Florida beginning November 15, 2019. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $54.*

“We’re incredibly excited to grow again at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport with this new route,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re certain that Charlottearea travelers will love having an ultra-low-cost, nonstop option to get away to this popular destination just in time for winter travel.”

The year-round route will operate twice weekly. With the addition of this new route, Allegiant will now serve seven cities from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (USA). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“The City of Concord continuously works to enhance its culture of excellence. It is through partnerships with organizations such as Allegiant that we can promote the innovation and flexibility necessary to better meet the needs of our customers,” said Dirk Vanderleest, Concord- Padgett Regional Airport aviation director. “It is a privilege to be able to offer affordable and accessible flights to desirable locations such as Palm Beach. We are grateful that Allegiant is dedicated to our community, shareholders, and visitors. They have played a vital role in helping us to meet our air transportation needs and strategic goals”.

Allegiant offers a unique option to Charlotte-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Aug. 14, 2019, for travel by May 12, 2020. Price displayed includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

 

Allegiant Travel Company

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences - from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant serves more than 450 routes across the country, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. Allegiant’s Sunseeker Resorts subsidiary is currently under construction with its inaugural resort property, Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida - a unique waterside integrated resort like no other. And a growing group of Allegiant Nonstop family entertainment centers offer state-of-the art indoor games and attractions to thrill seekers of all ages. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF