Allegiant Air is the first ultra-low-cost carrier to announce service out of
Newark Liberty Airport.
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.
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.
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.
announcement on Tuesday follows a JetBlue decision in April to add frequencies
on five existing Newark-Florida routes beginning Oct. 30.
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.
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.
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.