Allegiant Air is the first ultra-low-cost carrier to announce service out of Newark Liberty Airport.

Beginning Nov. 16, Allegiant will begin routes to Newark from Cincinnati and Savannah, Ga. A day later, the carrier will launch service to Newark from Asheville, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn.

The route announcements come on the heels of the FAA’s April decision to loosen landing restrictions at Newark. At present, the FAA allows no more than 1,233 daily arrivals and departures from Newark, but flights beginning Oct. 30 or later won’t be subject to that rule. Rather, the regulators will review those flight applications on a case-by-case basis.

The extra competition could bring costs down at Newark, where United currently controls 73% of the daily takeoff and arrival slots. In the fourth quarter of last year, the most recent for which the Bureau of Transportation Statistics has data, Newark's average domestic roundtrip fare was $459. That was the highest among the nation’s 15 largest airports. 

Allegiant’s announcement on Tuesday follows a JetBlue decision in April to add frequencies on five existing Newark-Florida routes beginning Oct. 30.

Allegiant will fly four times weekly between Cincinnati and Newark and between Asheville and Newark. The  Savannah and Knoxville flights will operate three days per week. The carrier is offering introductory one-way fares on those routes for as low as $39 until July 1.

Newark will be Allegiant’s first location in the New York City area. The ultra-low-cost carrier also announced Tuesday that it will begin service in Denver and Ogdensburg, N.Y., later this year.

Service on the lone Denver flight, from Montrose, Colo., begins Dec. 14. Service between Ogdensburg and both Orlando Sanford and Fort Lauderdale begins the first week of October.  


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