Allegiant Air is an American low-cost airline wholly owned by Allegiant Travel Co. that operates scheduled and charter flights. The corporate headquarters is in Enterprise, Nevada, near Las Vegas.The airline also offers international vacation packages through its Allegiant Vacations affiliate.
Allegiant Air targets small cities with limited passenger airline service. The airline's focus is on leisure travelers, particularly those in colder northern climates, going to warm-weather tourist destinations such as Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, Orlando, or Phoenix. The airline offers a lower frequency of flights and no amenities such as frequent flier points or on-board entertainment. As a result, Allegiant carries few business passengers.
Allegiant Air was founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express and adopted the current name after a trademark dispute with West Jet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as a similarity to WestJet Airlines of Canada. Scheduled service began on October 15, 1999. Shortly after the shutdown of WinAir Airlines, Allegiant Air opened a hub in Long Beach, California, mirroring WinAir's network. Allegiant was unable to bring in enough revenue to cover its costs and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 13, 2000.
In June 2001, the airline's was transformed, moving the base to Las Vegas and focusing on smaller markets that larger airlines did not serve with mainline aircraft. Since then, they have grown from 2 destinations to over 50 from Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Florida, and St Petersburg, Florida. The company was first listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol "ALGT" in 2006. The company has continuously expanded in terms of fleet, destinations and hubs.
Along with Southwest Airlines, the airline was the only major United States airline to make a profit in the first quarter of the oil-driven economic crisis of 2008.
Allegiant currently flies to 75 destinations throughout the United States. Its focus cities are: Bellingham International Airport, Charlotte County Airport (Punta Gorda), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas), Myrtle Beach International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
The Allegiant fleet consists of the following aircrafts: 4 Boeing 757-204, 22 McDonnell Douglas MD-82, 35 McDonnell Douglas MD-83, 8 McDonnell Douglas MD-87 and 9 McDonnell Douglas MD-88.