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Allegiant Air to cut flights to Hawaii

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 p.m. HST, Apr 02, 2013

Allegiant Air plans to temporarily stop service to Hawaii from seven of the nine cities it serves from the mainland.

The Las Vegas-based carrier, which connects primarily secondary cities to leisure markets, said it will cease flights beginning Aug. 14 from Boise, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Phoenix; Spokane, Wash.; and the Californian cities of Fresno, Stockton and Santa Maria.

“It’s a seasonal hiatus,” Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said today. “It’s not an uncommon occurrence in our business model. One of the things that makes us unique and has contributed to our success over the years is to match our products to what our demand is. Our customer is a leisure traveler, and leisure travel has fluctuations throughout the year, particularly in September and October when kids go back to school and there’s not a lot of vacation travel.”

Allegiant flies twice a week to Hawaii from Phoenix and once a week from the other destinations.

The airline’s three-days-a-week service to Honolulu from Las Vegas, and twice-a-week service to both Maui and Honolulu from Bellingham, Wash., will not be affected.

Wheeler said there is no firm return date for any of the affected routes but she anticipates that Allegiant will bring back all of them for the holiday season.

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localguy wrote:
Can you believe this shibai statement: “It’s a seasonal hiatus,” Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler. Actually after their maintenance fiasco when planes did not receive the required preventative maintenance, went down for days, Allegiant is trying to catch up with overdue work. That plus the public relations disaster they created by shoddy treatment of passengers, they are losing business. Allegiant is low cost, low class, low quality, low everything.
on April 2,2013 | 07:11PM
Hendo wrote:
I flew on Allegiant twice before. Both times, the airplane had engine problems and our flights were delayed. One time the air conditioning was broken and the flight attendant took care of that by using a magazine to fan passengers as she walked up and down the aisle. You got to love their high tech approach to solving problems like this. First time I tried to book online on Allegiant, I was surprised that I could not get their advertised rate. I tried to call; but I found out that you can rarely talk to them by phone. Instead, they tell you to send an email. I got a response one week later. They said if you want to get the advertised rate, you have to buy the ticket at the airport. It's unbelievable that it cost more to book online than it is to purchase a ticket at the airport. Plus, they charge your for everything. Like booking online, getting a seat assignment, and now, they are charging you for carry-on bags. Incredible. So when you add everything up, it adds anywhere from $10 to $50 more when you finally purchase your ticket. Allegiant's CEO was totally against the new FAA rules mandating carriers to include taxes and fees in their advertised pricing. He said if they did that, people would not buy tickets from Allegiant. Allegiant was only one of two carriers that objected to this seemingly straightforward business practice. Man this guy doesn't have a clue and it really shows in how this airline is managed and operated.
on April 2,2013 | 07:43PM
hon2255 wrote:
Good Riddance to Allegiant , my relatives took the Honolulu to Vegas trip on them and it was a nightmare, poor service, delayed both ways for many hours, changing of gates , unannounced that is, this is absolutely the worst airline serving Hawaii, we don't need Allegiant!!! Go Away, We Need Southwest Airlines NOW , they know how to run a airline !!!
on April 2,2013 | 09:35PM
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