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Allegiant ends Gary service leaves the city without any flights

by Richa 4. September 2013 06:50

Allegiant Air that has been offering affordable air travel to millions of passengers across the United States recently pulled out of Gary, Indiana. Since Gary did not prove to be a very profitable route for the airline, it decided to pull out. The withdrawal of this service leaves Gary International Airport without any airline service.

The budget carrier operated its last flight from Gary, Indiana to Sanford, Florida. The airport tried hard in the past to market itself as one of the top three airports of Chicago. The carrier’s first flight departed from this airport way back in February 2011. The MD-80 aircraft packed with happy customers touched down at the Sanford International Airport in Florida to a warm reception.

This time around, the situation was different. Though the flight was packed, the atmosphere was dull. The electrifying aura and the hustle bustle was missing. Everyone onboard knew that it was perhaps their last flight from the city. Unfortunately, for Gary, Allegiant became the sixth airline to cease operations since 1999.

The airport recently invested $166 million for runway expansion project. The twice-a-week flight from the low cost carrier was its only hope. Despite pumping money and efforts, Gary has failed to attract the attention of airlines to operate from its base. However, ultimately it is the customers who stand to lose from the withdrawal of airline services from the city.

While other cities are flourishing and thriving, Gary has been standing silently to witness the unpleasant turn of events. This news has not only disheartened the airport authorities but passengers as well. They will miss their chance to travel at cheap airfares on Allegiant Air from the city.

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Tags: allegiant air, flights to gary, low cost airline

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