Allegiant Air Announces Continuation of Service to Fort Lauderdale

September 24, 2008(Chattanooga, Tenn.) - Due to strong community demand, Allegiant Air, LLC, has reversed its earlier decision to end service and will now continue low-cost, nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport resuming Nov. 20. The airline is celebrating the sunny news with introductory fares as low as $59* one-way to Fort Lauderdale.

"Due to persistent and persuasive community efforts, stronger than anticipated summer bookings and significant decreases in fuel costs, we will continue to offer the Chattanooga community convenient and inexpensive access to sunny South Florida," Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., president, CEO and Chairman for Allegiant said. "With this announcement, we will offer nonstop service from Chattanooga to three Florida destinations, including Tampa Bay and Orlando."

"When the facts change, we are not afraid to change our minds," said Robert Ashcroft, Vice-President of Planning for Allegiant. "Demand for Fort Lauderdale from Chattanooga this summer frankly surprised us, and we are delighted to follow the community's lead."

Service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will resume Nov. 20 with flights on Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Chattanooga at 10:30 a.m. arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 p.m. Flights leaving Fort Lauderdale will depart at 1:10 p.m. arriving in Chattanooga at 3:15 p.m. (all flight times are local.) Allegiant Air began nonstop, low-cost service to Orlando, Fla. Oct. 31, 2006 and began service to the Tampa Bay area Dec. 12, 2006. Allegiant originally announced it would discontinue service to Fort Lauderdale July 18.

"Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air has been a great addition to our airport and our community, and we thank them for their continued commitment to local air service," said Mike Landguth, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. "Local travelers will continue to benefit from their low fares, as well as the competition that comes with the return of our 10th nonstop destination from Chattanooga."

Fort Lauderdale offers the ultimate escape to sunny South Florida, with miles of blue waterways, soft golden sand and gentle ocean breezes. Located in the center of South Florida's Gold Coast, 40 miles from Palm Beach and 25 miles from Miami, Fort Lauderdale stretches from Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach in the north to Hollywood and Hallandale Beach in the south. The area offers 300 miles of navigable inland waterways and 44,000 resident yachts, making it recognized as the "Yachting Capital of the World" and the "Venice of America." From the Blue Wave beaches, to the yacht-filled waterways, to the exotic Everglades, every visit is a fresh taste of paradise.

As a full-service travel company, Allegiant provides even greater savings to customers by offering complete, low-cost vacation packages. Customers can double their sunshine fun with complete vacation packages at some of Fort Lauderdale's premier resorts. The company provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Reservations may be made through the company's website at, the airline's Reservations Center at 702-505-8888 or professional travel agents. Allegiant's $59* one-way introductory fare is limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by Oct. 15, 2008 for travel by Feb. 5, 2009. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start as low as $69 one-way.

About the offer:

All fares are limited, one-way and are non-refundable. 7-day advance purchase required. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.50 per segment. A convenience fee of $11.50 per traveling customer will be applied when booked at or through an Allegiant Air call center. Travel purchased through an Allegiant Air call center will cost an additional $10 per segment. A checked baggage fee of $15 per bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags, when purchased at the time of booking. If purchased at flight check-in, a checked baggage fee of $25 per bag, per segment, per person will apply to the first two checked bags. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. A segment is defined as one take-off and one landing. Fares are non-refundable. Seats are limited and subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. This offer is not available Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 2008; Dec. 20 - 31, 2008 and Jan. 1-5, 2009.