McGhee Tyson Wants You To Help Get Two New Destinations

By: Brian Gregory, Aviation Reporter Email
By: Brian Gregory, Aviation Reporter Email

Knoxville (WVLT) The fact that only 5% of seats on Allegiant flights out of Knoxville in June were empty may be enough for the low-cost air carrier to bring new service to town.

But, just in case, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority wants your help.

Today, Allegiant Air announced new service to the Phoenix-Mesa airport in Arizona, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

But what still remains a mystery, is what cities will get the direct service.

Allegiant says they plan to launch the new service to Phoenix-Mesa from 13 markets they already serve beginning October 25th.

On November 14th, Allegiant says they will begin nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale from 12 markets, 11 of which already enjoy Allegiant’s unique brand of vacation value and convenience.

A countdown will be featured on the company's website that counts down to the new city announcements.

"Based on the success we’ve seen in Knoxville and their terrific support airport team, I would view it as a serious possibility," Allegiant spokeswoman Tyri Squyres told volunteertv.com this morning.

But Squyres wouldn't comment on who gets the news service until August 9th.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Knoxville AIrport Authority wants you to help them.

Beginning tomorrow, you can go to the McGhee Tyson Airport website, and sign a petition encouraging Allegiant to choose Knoxville for the new direct service to Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale.

You can also share stories about your personal experiences with Allegiant Air.

The MKAA says the site will also feature a support meter that measures the number of people who have signed the petition.

In June, the MKAA announced that Allegiant's load factor out of Knoxville was at 95%.

Currently, Allegiant serves Knoxville with direct flights to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Las Vegas, and Orlando


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