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