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For Immediate Release:
Hagerstown Regional Airport Welcomes Allegiant Air Jets, Low-cost Fares
Norman Bassett 240-313-2077
(HAGERSTOWN, MD — September 17, 2008) Washington County officials welcomed Allegiant Air low-cost non-stop jet service from Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) to Orlando, Florida in ceremonies held Wednesday September 17th.
Airport Director Carolyn Motz said Allegiant, which calls itself the “Official Airline for Sunshine” is able to bring full-size jet aircraft to HGR due to the expansion of the main runway, completed last year.
Allegiant Air Director of Sales John Fenyes said that effective November 14th, the airline will bring low-cost, large-jet service to one of the nation's premiere destinations to HGR twice weekly. Fares as low as $79.00 one way will be initially offered as a promotion. Normal one-way fare will be $99.00, Fenyes said.
The new scheduled service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport will use 150-seat, MD-80 series, jet aircraft. Flights will depart HGR on Mondays and Fridays at 7:50 p.m. arriving in Orlando at 9:55 p.m. Flights leaving Orlando will depart at 5 p.m. arriving in Hagerstown at 7:10 p.m.
In a press release Allegiant said, “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.”
Motz said that over the years, the number-one destination for travelers flying out of Hagerstown has been Orlando.
“People wanted non-stop service, and they wanted it on a jet, and they didn't want it on a regional jet, they wanted it on a big airplane," she said.
“We always wanted to give that to you, but weren't able to do that until last year, because we had years of work that we had to accomplish because weren't considered safe enough, or secure enough and in the right market,” Motz said, and thanked airport businesses, government and community leaders for their support while the runway expansion to 7,000 feet was being accomplished.
Motz cited the work of HGR Business Development Manager Greg Larsen as being central to Allegiant's expansion into Washington County. Larsen had been talking with the airline and negotiating for service to Hagerstown for the past 4 years, Motz said.
Additional information regarding Allegiant's fare structure and other vacation options is available at www.allegiantair.com.