For Immediate Release: December 20, 2013
Islip Town Board Celebrates Allegiant Inaugural Flight
to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Florida
Second carrier in 2013 to recognize MacArthur as an opportunity for expansion
Ronkonkoma, NY – Long Island MacArthur Airport was bustling with activity today as travelers made their way to their various holiday destinations, destinations that now include the West Coast of Florida with new service to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, via Allegiant, the Las Vegas-based travel company that celebrated its inaugural flight today, at 7:20 p.m., amid much fanfare. Festivities included a Flash Mob and holiday toy drive to benefit Make A Wish, held in the main airport atrium, before Islip Town Board members, elected officials and top executives from Allegiant cut the ceremonial ribbon that made way for two nonstop flights a week – Mondays and Fridays – to the Florida West Coast on aircraft that will carry up to 166 passengers. The inaugural flight was nearly sold out.
Allegiant is the second airline this year to take advantage of the many conveniences of flying into and out of MacArthur Airport, and joins the Alaskan airline, PenAir that has been providing daily nonstop service to Boston since late July. Town Board members and airport officials have been aggressively marketing the airport over the last several years in a concentrated effort to bring back unparalleled service to Long Island’s business and leisure traveler.
“We warmly welcome Allegiant to the MacArthur family,” said Councilman John C. Cochrane, Jr., airport liaison. “Allegiant beginning new service to Florida ends another great year for Long Island MacArthur Airport which boasts two new airlines and several other achievements that help showcase our local jewel. Today is about welcoming Allegiant to the Long Island market and letting all Long Islanders know that their service is now available. We wish Allegiant the very best and thank them for having the vision to see what we’ve known all along: that MacArthur is the best kept secret on Long Island.”
Allegiant is a Las Vegas based travel company that links passengers living in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company’s philosophy is to provide leisure travel that is affordable and convenient. Long Islanders can fly Allegiant from Islip to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda for a Florida respite. MacArthur’s catchment area has high median incomes with averages ranging from $79,000 - $123,000, far above New York State and US averages and a perfect market for leisure travelers.
“We are pleased to add the beaches of Southwest Florida as an affordable, convenient destination option for Long Island residents,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident Long Islanders will appreciate the convenience of flying out of centrally-located MacArthur Airport and the value that only comes with Allegiant's low cost brand of service."
ABOUT LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT
The Town of Islip owns and operates Long Island MacArthur Airport, located in Ronkonkoma, 60 miles outside New York City. Nearly 1.4 million passengers traveled through MacArthur Airport last year, making it one of the top 90 airports in the United States. MacArthur Airport is home to several commercial airlines with direct flights to nine destinations and 43 one-stop flights to locations including, Aruba, the Bahamas, Cancun, Montego Bay, Punta Cana and San Juan. MacArthur’s rich military history began in 1942, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and, for the past 81 years has seen tremendous growth and expansion benefitting Long Island’s aviation sector and the traveling public. Visit www.macarthurairport.com
ABOUT ALLEGIANT TRAVEL COMPANY
Founded in Fresno, California, in 1997, Allegiant Air is more than an airline; it’s an innovative travel company dedicated to providing the best travel deals to its customers, linking small U.S. cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Florida, Las Vegas, Phoenix, California, Hawaii, and Myrtle Beach. Allegiant provides low-cost travel packages that include not only air, but hotel, rental car and entertainment tickets. Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value and without all the hassle. Visit www.allegiantair.com