Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airline to Serve Austin, San Juan Allegiant Air Continues Rapid Expansion Here

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airline to Serve Austin, San Juan Allegiant Air Continues Rapid Expansion Here

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Allegiant Air has been growing rapidly in Pittsburgh ever since it first took to the skies here less than two years ago. And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

In a new round of expansion, the ultra low-fare carrier will add two more destinations, more jobs and another plane at Pittsburgh International Airport in December, a year after establishing a base of operations here.

It plans to start twice-weekly year-round service to Austin, Texas, on Dec. 16. A day later, it will begin seasonal service once a week to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The latter will run until April 22.

In addition, the airline will base a second Airbus A319 at the airport, creating more than 30 jobs. That will supplement the 43 jobs Allegiant now has in Pittsburgh, many of them added when the airport became a base of operations.

The new destinations, to be officially announced today, will bring the Las Vegas-based airline's total from the Pittsburgh airport to nine, fourth among all carriers there. Pittsburgh hasn't had a nonstop flight to Austin since September 1997. There has been no service to San Juan since January 2008.

Pittsburgh will be among the first cities in the Allegiant network to get a flight to San Juan, spokesman Brandon Myers said. Both new destinations made sense from the airline's perspective. "We think there's going to be enough demand for these two cities," he said.

While Austin is widely known for its music scene, it also is becoming a tech destination, noted Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International.

"Austin is a good market. It's a growing market. With the rise of tech, we think there are some synergies there. It's one of those cities people like to go to," she said.

Beyond the two new flights, bringing in the second plane represents a further commitment to Pittsburgh, Mr. …

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