Allegiant Air is set to become the second low-cost carrier to operate out of Trenton-Mercer Airport later this year. Media reports said that Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air would be launching flights services to three cities in Florida starting from November 2016. The airline will compete with another low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines, which is already serving Trenton-Mercer for quite some time.
A spokesperson of Allegiant Air said that the airline is planning to launch its flights to Orlando, with thrice weekly services to Sanford International Airport. The airline will also be launching flights to St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Punta Gorda airports as well out of Trenton-Mercer. Both the destinations will be served with twice weekly services.
The airline also offered promotional fares to its customers planning to travel to any of these three destinations from Trenton-Mercer. The announcement by Allegiant Air has come only after a month after it revealed its plans to launch flights from Newark Liberty to Knoxville, Asheville and Cincinnati.
Trenton-Mercer Airport was being so far served by Frontier Airlines, which launched its service in November 2012. The airline initially started operating flights to Orlando twice weekly. The airline has now expanded its network to nearly a dozen destinations, with the newest nonstop flights to Punta Gorda being launched from October 31, 2016.
ravel experts said that Frontier Airlines has succeeded in serving Trenton-Mercer Airport, while other airlines proved to be a failure. Frontier Airlines has until now carried one million customers to/from Trenton-Mercer Airport since its launch. It may be known that Boston-Maine Airways and Streamline Airways had earlier tried their luck to serve out of Trenton-Mercer, but ultimately failed and later ceased their operations completely and in the process became defunct.
Brian Hughes, Mercer County Executive, said, “It was nearly six months ago that the county and airport officials started conducting preliminary negotiations with Allegiant Air. The talks prove to be positive and Allegiant Air agreed in principle to launch flights out of Trenton-Mercer after assessing the fact that a similar opportunity does exist like that of Frontier Airlines. This will prove to be advantageous for the people Trenton area and its neighborhoods as customers will be devoid of the hassles of driving to the major airports in the region The customers will now be able to simply walk from their cars directly to the airport and check in at quite a fast pace.”