Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) announced in October plans to establish a base of operations at Nashville International Airport (BNA). The Las Vegas-based company will invest $50 million to establish the new base, creating at least 66 new, 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 Nashville on Feb. 13, 2020. The music city airport will become the airline’s 19th aircraft base.
Known throughout the world as Music City, Nashville boasts a booming business environment, with health care, distribution, automotive, and, of course, hospitality and entertainment being the most prominent industries. Home to such famed attractions as the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the legendary lower Broadway area, the city boasts a rich cultural history with diverse neighborhoods and a world-class culinary scene. The 24th most populous U.S. city with 670,000 residents, Nashville hosted more than 15.2 visitors in 2018 alone.
“Making vacations accessible is at the heart of everything we do,” said Keith Hansen, Allegiant’s vice president of government affairs. “As a premier destination for visitors from all over the world, and a growing, diverse city attracting new residents, Nashville hits all the right notes for an Allegiant base. Having locally-based aircraft and crews will give us a wide range of options for new service, meaning more opportunities for affordable and convenient nonstop flights.”
“Allegiant’s growth in this market will prove to be another asset to Nashville, and we welcome this substantial investment,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “Generating jobs and economic activity and providing competitive air service confirms the strategic direction of BNA and the highly impactful role the airport plays in the economic vitality of Middle Tennessee.”
Allegiant began operating at BNA in 2018 and currently offers twelve non-stop routes – Orlando/Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater, Punta Gorda and Sarasota, Florida; Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; Bentonville/Fayetteville, Arkansas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Syracuse, New York; Cleveland, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia. During 2019 to date, Allegiant has flown more than 177,000 passengers through Nashville (January through September).