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Allegiant Announces 20th New Aircraft Base in Des Moines, Iowa

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

The Allegiant Travel Company announced Friday that they will be opening their 20th base of operations in Des Moines, Iowa on May 14, 2020. The airline will spend $50M on the new base, which will be home to two new Airbus A320s.

Allegiant A320 Family Aircraft Taxi at Fort Lauderdale - Photo Credit: Markus Mainka/123rf

Less than two weeks after announcing the February 13th, 2020 opening of their new Nashville, Tennessee base, Allegiant Travel announced Friday that they would open their 20th base in Des Moines next May. The wildly successful Las Vegas based ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) will create 66 new high-wage jobs when the new 50M base opens on May 14, 2020. Iowa’s capital city is in one of the fastest growing regions of the U.S. Midwest and in Friday’s announcement, Allegiant’s VP of Government Affairs, Keith Hansen said,

"In many ways, today’s announcement is the culmination of a more than 15-year relationship between Allegiant and Des Moines International Airport, where we’ve steadily grown our operation to meet increasing demand. Having locally-based aircraft and crews will open up a wide range of options for new service and more flights throughout the day. We’re excited to bring more opportunities for affordable, convenient travel, and expand Allegiant’s presence as a hometown airline for Hawkeye state residents."

Allegiant launched service at Des Moines International Airport (DSM) in 2003 and currently offers service to five Florida destinations including Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Punta Gorda, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Sarasota. The airline also offers service from Des Moines to Phoenix-Mesa (Arizona), Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 2018, the airline carried more that 232K passengers through Des Moines.

Founded in 1999, Allegiant links passengers from small to medium cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates 450 routes nationwide and offers base airfares that are often half the price of a typical roundtrip ticket. The company’s Sunseeker Resorts subsidiary is currently building a major destination resort in Port Charlotte, in Southwest Florida.

Source: Allegiant Travel Company


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