VIDEO: Allegiant Coming to T.F. Green, Third Major Announcement in 3 Weeks
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
TF Green Airport announced Las Vegas-based Allegiant as the new airline that will connect Providence to Cincinnati, Fort Myers and Tampa Bay with one way fares as low as $38.
“Ultra-low cost nonstop service to these important markets is certain to attract more passengers to PVD. We know these flights will be popular, not only because of the great fares, but the initial destinations are also significant ones for our customers. We welcome our new partner, Allegiant, to Green Airport (PVD) and look forward to adding even more new routes in the near future,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC),
The new flights announced today from T. F. Green Airport include:
1. Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) – begins Sept. 28, 2017 with fares as low as $38
2. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) – begins Oct. 27, 2017 with fares as low as $38*
3. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) – begins Nov. 17, 2017 with fares as low as $38*
This announcement comes less than a week after Norwegian Air announced nonstop service to Guadeloupe and Martinique, and two weeks after TF Green announced that Frontier airlines will be flying direct from Providence to Orlando and Denver.
“Allegiant will be a great addition to Green Airport. Since we already offer a convenient travel experience, we expect more customers will be using our airport due to the addition of these low fares to these new markets. We thank Allegiant for selecting PVD and expect other new opportunities will become available in the coming months,” said Jonathan Savage, Chairman of the RIAC Board of Directors.
The new nonstop flights will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found here.
Allegiant Celebrating New Service
To celebrate the new service from Providence, Allegiant is launching a sweepstakes offering Providence-area travelers the opportunity to win free flights for a year to any destination that the airline serves from Providence.
Travelers can enter the contest by clicking here.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we are bringing our unique brand of ultra-low-cost, convenient travel to Providence. We know that New England travelers are eager to have a convenient, nonstop connection to these great destinations at a fare that everyone can afford,” said Lukas Johnson, senior vice president of commercial.
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Where can you fly direct from T.F. Green?
Five direct destinations were announced on Thursday -
Belfast, Northern Ireland
How much are the fares?
The initial flights are truly $65, but the 10,000 allotted tickets sold out before 6 p.m. on the first day.
The fares are now $99 each way.
As RI Governor Gina Raimondo said at the press conference about the $65 fare - "it is just $12 an hour."
Will they be adding other destinations?
Yes, already one new route is coming online in the near future.
It is rumored to be to Norway.
And there are strong efforts by Rhode Island officials to encourage more direct flights to more European cities.
How many other Americans go to Ireland every year?
According to Irish travel officials, 1.4 million Americans traveled to Ireland in 2016.
Ireland captured 10% of all the Americans traveling to Europe.
How many jobs will be created?
Initially, 75 Rhode Island-based employees will be hired and that is expected to immediately grow to 200. Additionally, direct jobs tied to the expansion are expected to create another 200.
Included in these first 75 are the flight crews. Pilots on average earn $120,000 to $250,000.
What is the weekly schedule?
• Year-round service to Edinburgh from Providence: Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting June 16; Service will be reduced on certain routes during the winter 2017/2018 season.
• Service to Belfast will be twice weekly from Providence as of July 2. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Service to Dublin from Providence: Flights will operate five weekly flights starting July 2. Days of operations from Providence will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Service to Shannon from Providence will begin on July 3 with twice-weekly flights. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
• Year-round service to Cork from Providence will start on July 1 with three weekly flights. Days of operations will change between the summer 2017 and the winter 2017/2018 winter season.
Why is this such a “game changer” for Rhode Island’s economy?
In the early 1990s, then-Governor Bruce Sundlun envisioned and realized a redevelopment and expansion of T.F. Green. The airport exploded. When Southwest Airlines came, the airport reached new popularity and transformed as a significant alternative to Logan, but over the past few years competition took its toll on Green.
Now, Sundlun's dream and vision of Green being an international hub is becoming real. The airport has the opportunity to be a spark to international tourism and business.
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