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Thursday, June 7, 2018


CONCORD, N.C. June 7, 2018 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today launches new nonstop service from Charlotte, North Carolina via Concord Regional Airport (USA) to Destin, Florida via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $47.*



“Allegiant is thrilled to launch the only ultra-low-cost, nonstop option to Florida’s Emerald Coast from Charlotte,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re positive that area residents will take advantage of this convenient, nonstop service to enjoy the beautiful sugar-white sand beaches, fresh seafood and stunning golf courses that Destin and the surrounding areas have to offer.”
The new seasonal flights will operate twice weekly from Concord Regional Airport (USA) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). With this addition, Allegiant offers nonstop service to six cities from Concord Regional Airport. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at

“We are very excited about the service that Allegiant is providing to the Emerald Coast, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,” said Dirk Vanderleest, aviation director at Concord Regional Airport. “This twice a week seasonal service is another opportunity for citizens of Concord and the Charlotte region to enjoy nonstop service into Destin and Fort Walton Beach area.”

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 are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by June 9, 2018 for travel between June 14, 2018 and Aug. 26, 2018. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. 

Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett

Friday, April 13, 2018

Concord City Council renames airport to honor former Mayor Scott Padgett

CONCORD – Concord Regional Airport will have a new name that recognizes the leadership and legacy of J. Scott Padgett, who recently completed four terms as Mayor in December 2017. The City Council unanimously voted to rename the facility Concord-Padgett Regional Airport on Thursday evening.


Padgett served as Concord's Mayor from 2001-2017, after first serving on City Council from 1995-2001. In addition to 27 years of elected leadership, his service in Concord extends back over 40 years with a career as a public school educator and principal at Coltrane-Webb and Beverly Hills Elementary Schools. He is continuing his public service to North Carolina after being appointed by Governor Cooper to the Local Government Commission.


“Scott Padgett played a critical role in the growth of our airport into a community asset and regional economic driver,” said Mayor Bill Dusch. “He started as an elected official in Concord just after the airport first opened, and it is fair to say the airport would not be what it is today without his decades of service. I commend the City Council on honoring his leadership in such a meaningful and appropriate way.”


Concord-Padgett Regional Airport opened in 1994 with a general aviation terminal and a 5,500-foot runway. Improvements during Padgett’s tenure include extension of the runway to 7,400 feet, strengthening of the runway, development of private sector investment in and around the airport, and construction of a commercial service terminal and parking deck.


"This is truly humbling,” said Padgett. “Our airport was built by visionary people who led Concord at a time when few could see the possibilities in store for our community. Fortunately, the elected officials who preceded me made decisions not for popularity, but because they were critical to the success and quality of life we enjoy today. To be recognized in this way is only possible because my City Council colleagues and I stood on their shoulders.”


Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. Many operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the Charlotte region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the airport. The airport’s strong general aviation focus has been recently enhanced by the availability of Allegiant Air’s low-cost scheduled passenger service to six destinations.


The airport is operated by over 40 City of Concord Aviation Department coworkers who 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. CRA 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 $9.3 million.


The City Council’s action is effective immediately and was required to begin the formal process to seek FAA approval. The change will be implemented over time once the FAA process is complete, including working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to adjust signage on I-85 and I-485, which both provide access to the airport in minutes.