Allegiant Air Returns to Columbia, SC with Low-Cost, Nonstop Air Service to Orlando

December 9, 2008


Columbia to Orlando for Just $39 One-Way

COLUMBIA, SC — December 9, 2008 – Low-cost airline Allegiant Air, LLC today announces the return of service to Columbia, S.C. with nonstop, jet service to the fun and sun of Orlando, Fla. from Columbia beginning Feb. 25, 2009. The low-fare carrier will celebrate the new convenient service to the Sunshine State, with introductory fares as low as $39* each way.

The self-proclaimed “Official Airline for Sunshine” will launch the scheduled service from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport with complete vacation packages including roundtrip air and two-night hotel stay for as low as $150**. (Price is per person, based on a two-night hotel stay at the Comfort Inn Lake Buena Vista, double occupancy and reflects a Wednesday or Friday arrival/Friday or Sunday departure.)

“We are pleased to bring back the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service to the Columbia community,” Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. “This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only nonstop, air service between Columbia and Orlando.”

“Since leaving Columbia in early 2007, Greenville/Spartanburg has developed into one of our best markets, indicating we were clearly hasty in our decision to leave Columbia,” Robert Ashcroft, Vice President of Planning for Allegiant, said.  “We are determined to overcome our earlier misjudgment and earn the same level of trust from the Capital region that we have gained in Upcountry South Carolina,”



The new flights to Orlando will operate three times weekly, with service Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights will depart Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 8:25 p.m. arriving in Orlando Sanford International Airport at 9:35 p.m. Flights leaving Orlando will depart at 6:30 p.m. arriving in Columbia at 7:45 p.m. (all flight times are local.)  Allegiant will utilize 150-seat, MD-80 series, jet-aircraft on the route.

Allegiant’s announcement of their return to the Columbia market is welcome news,” said Mike Flack, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.  “Their service to the Orlando area will provide our travelers with additional travel opportunities and choices. We look forward to their success here and to having them as a community partner.

Located midway between Orlando’s world-class attractions and the world’s most famous beach – Daytona Beach, Orlando Sanford International Airport offers visitors the “best of both worlds.” Both destinations are only minutes away, ideally situated for those hoping to take a break from the cold at the beach or to experience the fun of Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the rest of the excitement Florida has to offer.

The Allegiant Vacations division of the company offers low-cost packages with 58 of Orlando and Daytona Beach’s most exciting hotel properties. Partner properties include The Swan, The Dolphin, The Hilton in Lake Buena Vista and the Radisson Parkway. Low-cost packages are available to include hotel, car and amusement park tickets for additional savings.

Reservations may be made through the company’s website at, the airline’s Reservations Center at 702-505-8888 or professional travel agents.

Allegiant’s $39* one-way introductory fare is limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by Dec. 31, 2008, for complete travel by April 30, 2009. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start as low as $59 one-way. 

About the offer
*All fares are limited, one-way and are non-refundable. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.50 per segment. Travel purchased through an Allegiant Air call center will cost an additional $10 per segment. A checked baggage fee of $15 per bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags, when purchased at the time of booking.  If purchased at flight check-in, a checked baggage fee of $25 per bag, per segment, per person will apply to the first two checked bags.  Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags.  A segment is defined as one take-off and one landing. Fares are non-refundable. Seats are limited and not available on all flights. Restrictions apply. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. This offer is not available April 5-20, 2009.

** Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, do not include all air taxes/fees/surcharges and includes all hotel taxes. Prices do not include $2.50 + tax (nightly resort fee) which are to be paid directly to the property.

About the Company
Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Orlando, Fla. and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the Company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel related services.