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Published on : Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Allegiant today reported that over 80,000 travelers will spend the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in vacation destinations, up nearly 10 percent over last year. Allegiant travelers are choosing to spend their holiday enjoying a sunny destination, such as Las Vegas or Orlando.
Over 80,578 travelers are headed inbound to one of Allegiant’s 12 vacation destinations, up 9.6 percent from last year and representing 48 percent of Allegiant’s holiday traffic.
Passengers traveling on Allegiant to a vacation destination over the Thanksgiving weekend paid an average $193 roundtrip fare, compared with the Department of Transportation-reported national average of $378, a savings of almost 50 percent.
Las Vegas and Orlando are the two largest destinations in Allegiant’s network; this Thanksgiving, 25,803 passengers will travel to Las Vegas, and 18,334 will travel to Orlando on Allegiant.
“We’re really pleased to see a growth in vacation travel during what is traditionally a travel period focused on visiting with friends and family in someone’s home,” said Rich Winiarski, Allegiant Travel Company vice president of marketing. “There is a growing demand for nontraditional holiday vacations as travelers realize they can get great deals on hotels, resorts and attractions during the holidays.”
Allegiant differs in many ways from other U.S. airlines. The company focuses on low-cost, nonstop leisure travel, providing customers with low base fares and great value. Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route just over a decade ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel to 12 vacation destinations in 101 communities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier.