Airport Scores in 'Hyper-Competitive' Market

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The Director of Marketing at Indianapolis International Airport says Allegiant Airlines' (Nasdaq: ALGT) addition of four nonstop flights is a "vote of confidence" for the airport and the region. Carlo Bertolini says consumers win when multiple carriers are available. Once flights to the Florida destinations and Las Vegas take off in February, Indianapolis International will offer its highest number of nonstop options since 2009. November 12, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Beginning during the height of winter, Central Indiana travelers will enjoy three new options for reaching sunny Florida, when a new airline enters the Indianapolis market. Starting February 11, Allegiant Airlines will operate nonstop flights between the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport (PIE), which is near Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater; Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), which is 50 minutes or less from the main Orlando-area attractions as well as Daytona Beach; and the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), which is located between Fort Myers and Sarasota.

The airline's entrance to the IND market will also include nonstop flights to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

All three Florida routes will be unique additions to IND's route map, further enhancing a level of air service at IND that outperforms many comparable airports.

The Allegiant routes join existing nonstop service between IND and Florida that includes service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Miami International Airport (MIA), Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

IND is also currently served by nonstop flights to Las Vegas. Including seasonal service, the new Allegiant flights will bring to 37 the total number of scheduled nonstop destinations served from IND for 2015, the highest total since 2009.

"The launch of Allegiant Airlines operations at IND will directly benefit consumers through increased competition and new flight options," said Michael Wells, president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority board of directors. "While new air service is always a positive for the communities IND serves, the addition of popular destinations by an airline new to the IND market is especially noteworthy given the national airline industry's continued pursuit of consolidation and reduced competition."

"Allegiant Airline's entrance to our market with year-round nonstop flights to three new destinations is a testament to the vitality of our community," said Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the IAA. "We look forward to celebrating the launch of the latest additions to the robust network of nonstop flights we are committed to supporting at IND."

Allegiant nonstop service start dates are as follows:

-Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) - begins Feb. 11, 2015

-Service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and St. Pete Clearwater International Airport (PIE) begins Feb. 12, 2015

-Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport begins Feb. 27, 2015.

The Florida routes will each operate four times weekly, and flights to Las Vegas will operate three times weekly. Flight days and times can be at Allegiant.com.

About the Indianapolis Airport Authority

The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana's largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, and 2013 in Airports Council International's annual Airport Service Quality awards. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED certification for an entire terminal campus, and the airport has won additional recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.

IND generates an annual economic impact in Central Indiana of more than $4.5 billion, without relying on state or local taxes to fund its operations. About 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year, and averages 135 daily flights to 37 nonstop destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation's eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.

Source: The Indianapolis Airport Authority