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November 1, 2013

Allegiant Roars Into the Hudson Valley with New Service

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Written by: Ben Granucci
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Allegiant Air launched new service yesterday from Stewart International Airport (SWF) in New York to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) in Florida, near Tampa Bay. This new service marks the ultra low cost carrier’s return to Stewart as well as its re-entry into the busy New York City market.  This new service is scheduled to be complemented by service from Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in mid-December. Allegiant specializes in providing low-fare, low frequency service between small cities and leisure destinations. While the Newburgh, NY area is located a relatively short drive from New York City, the Hudson Valley also serves as a small metropolitan area of its own.

The airline last served the Newburgh, NY area in early 2007, when they exited the market due to competition from JetBlue Airways and Airtran Airways. The just-launched SWF to PIE route will operate twice weekly using the airline’s MD-80 series aircraft. With this launch, Allegiant becomes the fourth carrier to serve Stewart International Airport. Legacy carriers Delta Air Lines and US Airways serve their Detroit and Philadelphia hubs respectively via regional carriers, while low cost carrier JetBlue Airways serves both Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.

Stewart International Airport is located about 1 hour north of the New York City metropolitan area, just west of the Hudson River. A former base for the United States Air Force, the airport now serves as a joint use facility. The New York Air National Guard and the US Marine Corps Reserve maintain facilities at the airport. In addition to its passenger airline service, the airport also sees daily flights by FedEx and UPS along with a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. The airport has struggled somewhat in recent years to attract new service, so the return of Allegiant is significant.  This was echoed by Pat Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Today’s new service marks an important milestone for Stewart International Airport, as we welcome a fourth airline and top-flight carrier in Allegiant to the airport community. We expect the Port Authority’s continued investment in Stewart, featuring significant upgrades to the passenger terminal and both runways, to pay many future dividends for the traveling public.”

About the Author

Ben Granucci
Ben Granucci, Senior Editor, is an aviation enthusiast and plane spotter based in New York City. Growing up in Connecticut, he has had his eyes toward the sky for as long as he can remember. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.



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