Going north? This low-cost airline adds nine flight destinations from SRQ

Starting in 2019, Allegiant Air will expand its destinations from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport by adding nine new cities.

The low-cost airline announced the nine new nonstop flights, which will run twice-weekly year-round, on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to announce this unprecedented expansion in one of the newest destinations in our network — Sarasota,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s vice president of planning and revenue. “Sarasota offers world-renowned beaches, museums and dining, and we’re so excited to bring even more visitors to this amazing city.”

The new destinations:

  • Asheville, N.C., through Asheville Regional Airport.
  • Baltimore, through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
  • Harrisburg, Pa., through Harrisburg International Airport.
  • Syracuse, N.Y., through Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
  • Cleveland, through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
  • Columbus, Ohio, through Rickenbacker International Airport.
  • Richmond, Va., through Richmond International Airport.
  • Grand Rapids, Mich., through Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
  • Nashville, Tenn., through Nashville International Airport

Service to Asheville and Baltimore begin Feb. 22 with one-way fares as low as $45 and $65, respectively.

Flights to Harrisburg and Syracuse begin April 3, while Cleveland, Columbus and Richmond service begins April 4, 2019. The Grand Rapids and Nashville flights are scheduled to start taking off on April 5.

Allegiant Air, which inaugurated service to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in April, on Tuesday announced that it is adding nine more nonstop destinations. Bradenton Herald file photo

The one-way fares are introductory specials on and not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Wednesday for travel by May 20 for service to Asheville and Baltimore, and travel by Aug. 13 for the remaining destinations.

“The airport has experienced substantial growth since Allegiant began service in April. The addition of nine new cities will provide our community with many more ultra-low-cost options and we look forward to the continued growth and success of Allegiant at SRQ,” said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

The SRQ terminal was bustling with passengers Tuesday and was noticeably busier than in year’s past.

“We have jumped the shark and we’re not going back,” Piccolo said.

A year ago, the airport had six airlines and 10 nonstop destinations, and now will have eight airlines and 26 nonstop destinations, Piccolo said.

“It’s been wonderful to see the uptick in traffic. It’s great for the vendors, it is great for the employees, it’s great for the community and it is great for economic development. We’re obviously very, very pleased with Allegiant’s success,” Piccolo said.

Asked about Allegiant’s increased flights at SRQ, Wells said it is one of the largest announcements the Las Vegas-based company has announced for any airport.

The new routes are expected to bring nearly 160,000 passengers to the Sarasota and Bradenton areas each year, according to Allegiant.

Bob Spencer, chairman of the airport authority, thanked tourist development boards in Bradenton and Sarasota for their financial support, which has helped increase business at SRQ.

“None of this would have been possible without Allegiant’s bold decision to enter our market,” Spencer said of the sharp increase in business at SRQ,

Allegiant started service from SRQ to Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Cincinnati on April 11.