LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will expand its service to include three cities and 22 nonstop routes.
The low-cost airline will soon offer routes from Las Vegas to Sonoma, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Allegiant will be competing with Southwest Airlines, which offers an average of four flights per day on its Albuquerque route.
Flights to Sonoma will begin May 19 and flights to Albuquerque will start June 2. Both routes will run twice weekly.
The airline is also expanding to Evansville, Indiana, but flights there will originate in Orlando.
The 22 new nonstop routes will be in three Florida cities; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Los Angeles; New Orleans; Phoenix; and Austin, Texas.
The news of expansion comes amid a host of mechanical issues with the airline’s planes.
On Saturday, Allegiant Flight 891 was forced to abort its takeoff and turn around on the runway at Fort Wayne International Airport after a ‘pop’ was heard and the cabin filled with smoke. The incident came after Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition announced last month plans to launch an investigation into ‘reports of a disproportionate number of engine failures, air returns and emergencies at Allegiant Air.’
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