Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations at McGhee Tyson Airport in October 2018.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country, seeing over 11.3 million visitors in 2017 is nearby. Neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County, nestled at the doorstep of the Smoky Mountains are also close-by.
Today, Allegiant serves 27 routes from five cities in the state of Tennessee, including flights from Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities. Of the routes, 22 are non-competitive, providing Tennesseans more nonstop options across the country.
Allegiant began operating at McGhee Tyson Airport in December 2006 and now offers eight nonstop routes to Las Vegas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Newark, New Jersey; and five cities in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Sanford. Knoxville will become the airline’s 15th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from Knoxville, offer more new nonstop routes in the future, increase the airport’s existing 21 nonstop flights.