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Airport Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Allegiant Service

(Huntington, WV)--Huntington Tri-State Airport is celebrating the 5year anniversary of air service provided by low-cost carrier, Allegiant this week.  Since offering the first flight Nov. 3, 2006 from Huntington to Orlando, the popular low fare, vacation airline has carried over 500,000 tri-state area passengers.  To celebrate, the airport will be hosting a passenger appreciation day on Friday, Nov. 4, featuring refreshments and giveaway items.

Allegiant also offers non-stop service to three other destinations from Huntington, in addition to Orlando:  St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, and Myrtle Beach.  All routes utilize the 150-seat, MD-80 series, jet aircraft. 

The airport has been steadily adding passengers since Allegiant’s arrival.  Within five years, Tri-State has grown from an all-time low of 39,000 annual boardings in 2006, to 117,000 in 2010, recording its highest annual boardings in over 30 years.

Also, during Allegiant’s presence, Tri-State Airport has achieved several other milestones:

  • The overall average fare at the airport has dropped by 30%
  • The airport was ranked as the fastest growing airport in the eastern region of the U.S., for airports having 100,000 + enplanements in 2010
  • The airport was ranked as the sixth fastest growing airport in the U.S., for airports having 100,000 + enplanements in 2010

“Allegiant is a great partner and provides our area passengers with an easy and affordable option to get to some of their favorite vacation destinations,” Airport Director Jerry Brienza said. “We sincerely appreciate the support of our community and the loyalty of our passengers in making all of our routes successful.  Our goal is to continue increasing the ease of travel from the tri-state area by bringing new non-stop destinations and competively priced fares.”

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