Long Beach Airport Welcomes Allegiant
2010-07-06 · By Editor
Long Beach Airport (LGB) celebrated its newest air carrier, Allegiant, in grand style on July 1, 2010. Allegiant’s inaugural flight from Bellingham, WA (BLI) arrived at 5:05 p.m. to an aviation industry tradition, a water cannon salute. A rare tradition, the salute delighted passengers aboard the MD-80, as well as onlookers in the boarding lounge.
Airport employees took the opportunity to greet the passengers in the boarding lounge by saying, “thank you for flying LGB.” A short program followed, featuring Vice Mayor Val Lerch, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Airport Director Mario Rodriguez and Allegiant’s Public Relations Manager Sabrina LoPiccolo.
“The City of Long Beach welcomes Allegiant,” said Vice Mayor Val Lerch. “In these economic times, Long Beach is fortunate to have an economic jewel like the Airport to attract new business partners.”
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske said that, “more destinations means more economic activity for the Long Beach community. Exposing people around the country to the rich culture, business opportunities and history of Long Beach is what has traditionally helped our great City prosper.”
“This is a testament to the sound market in the region and the customer service offered,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. “When you factor in the Airport Modernization Plan, the low cost per passenger for an airline and the underserved market, LGB makes business sense for airlines. We’re pleased that Allegiant began service today, diversifying the market for our customers.”
With Allegiant, LGB now offers 17 nonstop destinations throughout the US and is home to five other air carriers, Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways and US Airways. Long Beach is truly just one stop away from the world.
“We’re pleased to offer yet another affordable and convenient way for our customers to get away,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant president, said. “We think the simple facility design and easy customer experience at Long Beach Airport is a perfect fit for the Allegiant customer. We look forward to serving the Long Beach community and expanding our service in the greater Bellingham and Stockton communities.”
Allegiant will operate five non-stop flights per week to Stockton, California (SCK) and three non-stop flights per week to Bellingham, WA (BLI), which Allegiant refers to as the Vancouver area. Allegiant will utilize 150-seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft.
Flights to SCK will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, arriving at LGB at 12:20 p.m. and departing at 1 p.m. The inaugural SCK flight is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The first departure is slated for the same day.
Flights to BLI will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving at LGB at 5:05 p.m. and departing at 5:45 p.m. The inaugural BLI flight is also scheduled to arrive on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The first departure is slated for the same day.
LGB news, including Airport Modernization Plan updates and links, can be found at the Long Beach Airport’s website by signing up with the City’s e-Notify system, on Facebook at Long Beach Airport and on Twitter at LBAirport.
About Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 87-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable environment. LGB, its tenants and users are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner by minimizing the impact of business on the environment and surrounding community with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. LGB hosts six airlines, offering non-stop service to 17 US cities and serving nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually, while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. As a center for air cargo carriers, more than 41,000 tons of cargo are transported via LGB annually. For more information please visit Long Beach Airport’s website.
Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company, is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. and Los Angeles. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel related services.