Allegiant Air, which sparked explosive growth at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport 15 months ago with its first three destinations, on Tuesday announced that it is adding eight new destinations starting in November.
The new destinations:
- Knoxville, Tenn.
- St. Louis/Belleville
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Flint, Mich.
- Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Louisville, Ky.
- South Bend, Ind.
With the new destinations, Allegiant will serve 20 cities at SRQ.
“Everything we have put in here has done pretty well,” said Bud Hafer, Allegiant’s manager of airport affairs. “I expect we will continue to grow.”
In June, traffic at SRQ was up 48.7 percent over June 2018.
“The success of Allegiant Air in the short time that they have been in our community has been a major driver of that increase,” airport president and CEO Rick Piccolo said Tuesday.
“Allegiant alone has generated over 228,000 passengers and had a $138 million economic impact in this community. Overall, the added service by all our carriers has had a $309 million economic impact on our community.”
Piccolo thanked tourist development boards in Bradenton and Sarasota for their financial support in helping build passenger traffic at SRQ.
The Knoxville route will be year-round beginning Nov. 21 with fares starting at $59 each way.
The seven other destinations will be seasonal with service to St. Louis beginning Nov. 15 with fares starting at $69.
Service to Des Moines begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $79. Service to Rockford begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $69. Service to Flint and Fort Wayne begins Nov. 24 with fares starting at $69. Service to Louisville begins Nov. 25 with fares starting at $59. South Bend service starts Nov. 25 with fares starting at $69.
The nonstop routes will operate twice weekly.
Flight dates, times and fares can be found at Allegiant.com.