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Apr 12 2012 Allegiant Soon Flying to Hawaii BY adminTAGS Allegiant


Allegiant says it will begin service from the mainland to Hawaii, beginning in June, from Fresno, CA and Las Vegas. This morning's announcement ends two years of speculation about which mainland cities would get the proverbial prize — Allegiant first announced its intent to fly to Hawaii in March of 2010.

Allegiant president, Andrew Levy, says, "Service to Las Vegas and Fresno reflects a moderate growth plan by our company. With the addition of the four aircraft we have acquisitioned, we plan to expand service to other mainland cities in the future. We anticipate the service will be very popular, especially when customers take advantage of Allegiant's low pricing when bundling their air, hotel and car rental package."

As many of you know, Allegiant provides our airport with non-stop service to Las Vegas. How much would a Springfield - Vegas - Hawaii fare cost, vs. fare from Kansas City to Hawaii? Let the comparison shopping begin!


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Mar 19 2012 Turn Off Your Electronic Devices? BY adminTAGS FAA


Is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ready to decide that an iPad (or almost any other gadget you may have) won't bring a plane down? Nick Bilton, with the New York Times, says maybe... "When I called the F.A.A. last week to pester them about this regulation — citing experts and research that says these devices could not harm a plane — the F.A.A. responded differently than it usually does. Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the F.A.A., said that the agency has decided to take a “fresh look” at the use of personal electronics on planes." Read the rest of the story here.


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Mar 13 2012 Big Bird BY adminTAGS Misc.

It's not everyday that a wide body passenger jet visits our airport, but Monday was one of those days. An Airbus 330-323 dropped in about 4:00 pm, and left soon afterwards. Its precious cargo was a group of soldiers returning home. The photograph shows the airport ground handling crew that worked the flight. Most of them had never worked a plane this big.

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The number of people using our airport grew 10% in the first two months of 2012, compared to 2011. 103,752 total passengers used the airport in January and February, up from 94,311 total passengers during the same period in 2011. February passenger numbers alone increased 16%.

All four airlines serving the airport (Allegiant, American, Delta and United) saw an increase in passenger numbers. The increase came despite a big decline in the number of seats the airlines are bringing to the market — the number of available seats was down 21.5% in 2011. Why the cuts in seats? The airlines were cutting costs by shrinking their route systems in response to the recession and high fuel prices.

Many airports across the country saw a decline in available seats  The recent growth numbers in our market may be a sign that Springfield has bottomed out and growth will continue. The airlines seem to agree.  Allegiant added seven flights to its March schedule in Springfield and is now using larger 166-seat MD80 aircraft on its Phoenix and Los Angeles routes.  Delta added a fourth daily flight to Atlanta in February, and United adds a fourth daily Denver flight in April.

What’s driving the growth so far this year? The improvements we’re seeing in the regional economy have a lot to do with it. In December, the Springfield unemployment rate was less than 7%. That’s very good compared to the rest of the country. Employment is a key driver in passenger demand: if more people have a job, more people will fly. Another reason for the growth is probably the airport’s marketing efforts. We’ve made a concerted effort to raise public awareness about what the airport offers: ten non-stop destinations and four airlines, including low-cost airline Allegiant, which, as you blog readers know, often has round trip fares to places like Los Angeles and Florida for less than $200. As more people find fares like that, passenger numbers are bound to grow.


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Ever heard of a federal flight deck officer (FFDO)? Most of you probably haven't. What is an FFDO? To put it bluntly — a pilot with a gun. The FFDO program came about in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The purpose is simple: an armed pilot is the last line of defense against a hijacker/terrorist. In the past few years the government has trained thousand of FFDOs. Now, the Obama administration proposes to cut funding for FFDO training in half. Read more from the Philadelphia Inquirer.



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