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Allegiant to Establish Base of Operations, Create Jobs at CVG Airport

Big news out of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Thursday morning.

The Allegiant Travel Company announced its plans to establish a base of operations at CVG beginning in January. That will include up to three 156-seat Airbus 319 aircrafts, creating jobs for pilots, flight attendants, and airport service personnel. When it opens early next year, CVG will be home to Allegiant's 14th aircraft base and is estimated to employ more than 90 flight crew and airport personnel locally. 

CVG will be the largest origination market in Allegiant's network and a top-5 market in the company's overall airport system, a news release said.

Along with the base announcement, Allegiant is also adding five additional weekly flights to its fall and winter schedule, increasing frequencies to some of its most popular destinations from CVG. This includes extended service to Savannah/Hilton Head through November 29. Allegiant is adding flights to Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa Bay/St.Petersburg.

“As Allegiant’s fastest growing markets in their 16 year history, we are thrilled Allegiant is expanding their capacity to establish a base of operation,” said Wm.T. (Bill) Robinson III, Kenton County Airport Board Chairman, in a statement. “As we know, ‘success begets success.’ Allegiant experienced success in the market due to the support of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community.”

Allegiant started service from CVG in February 2014 with four weekly flights to two destinations. Currently, Allegiant offers more than 35 weekly flights to 11 year-round or seasonal destinations.

“The Greater Cincinnati area has quickly become one of our strongest markets with a demonstrated demand for low-cost vacation travel,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. “The establishment of an aircraft base at CVG will further increase the efficiency of our operations, while continuing our drive to be Cincinnati’s leading low-fare carrier.”

“Establishing a base at CVG demonstrates Allegiant’s commitment to serving the passengers of CVG. This base means additional jobs and additional future growth opportunities,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

In February 2014, Allegiant carried approximately 2,800 new monthly passengers generating a handful of new jobs. Now, 18 months later, Allegiant is averaging over 25,000 new passengers a month and creating almost 100 new good paying jobs at the airport. The entire Tri-State region has embraced the new low cost travel options at CVG and thanks to their support, new carriers are looking to establish themselves in our community on a long term basis. 

Interested candidates may view local job postings through the company career website, Allegiant.com/careers, as they become available.

-Staff report

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