It’s actually a reflection of how huge the Plattsburgh/Montreal market is, he said, which has led Allegiant to a calculation that it can pick up additional passengers from Vermont on top of continued growth in Plattsburgh.
“They believe they can attract new passengers for limited service out of Burlington from the east, including eastern Quebec but also the many people in Vermont and New Hampshire who are now going down to Manchester to fly Southwest,” Douglas said by email.
“For Burlington, it’s a chance to help stem its falling numbers and replace the Florida business previously provided by JetBlue and Air Tran, which couldn’t compete with Allegiant and Spirit in Plattsburgh.
“We will see if it works out, but we can expect only continued growth here, including new opportunities under discussion with Allegiant and others that will be facilitated by the planned terminal expansion,” Douglas said.
“We are now firmly established as Montreal’s U.S. airport.”
Allegiant President Andrew Levy said the company was pleased to bring a new, affordable and convenient travel option to the residents of the Burlington area.
“We are confident the Burlington community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Orlando for less and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car-rental reservation together at Allegiant.com,” he said in a press release.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he appreciates the confidence that Allegiant has demonstrated in Burlington and the airport there.
“The return of nonstop service between Burlington and Florida represents the achievement of Burlington International Airport’s top air-service enhancement goal and is yet another indication that the airport under the leadership of Aviation Director Gene Richards and his team is headed along the right path,” he said.
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