Allegiant’s subsequent Rickenbacker vacation spot: Jacksonville – Life-style – The Columbus Dispatch
Jacksonville is today Allegiant Air’s eighth destination from Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus and fifth in Florida. Tickets are due to go on sale today on the airline’s website, alleiantair.com. Prices start at $ 47 each way.
Jacksonville is today Allegiant Air’s eighth destination from Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus and fifth in Florida.
Tickets are due to go on sale today on the airline’s website, alleiantair.com. Prices start at $ 47 each way.
Flights begin May 25 with the seasonal service scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 13.
Since the start-up at Rickenbacker four years ago, Allegiant has grown steadily with a mix of year-round and seasonal routes from the former air force base. The airline typically flies to destinations two to five times a week in warm weather and specializes in vacation packages.
Traffic at the airport in January rose 38.5 percent, based on a 35.7 percent increase in flights. In January, the last month for which figures are available, 11,265 passengers were handled.
That’s not a huge number compared to the major airlines that fly into Port Columbus. The smallest of the major airlines in Port Columbus – United – carried 67,878 passengers in January. But Allegiant’s numbers are significant to Rickenbacker, who for years only had a handful of seasonal and charter passenger flights.
Like most other airports that Allegiant flies to from Rickenbacker, Jacksonville International Airport is not served by any other airline in Columbus without interruption.
Fort Lauderdale is the only destination currently served by another airline. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop flights from Port Columbus.
The Jacksonville area was last served non-stop by Skybus Airlines from Columbus when it flew briefly to St. Augustine before Skybus ceased operations in 2008.
“Jacksonville is a popular destination for Ohio travelers and we are delighted that Allegiant is offering the first and only non-stop flight from Columbus to Jacksonville from Rickenbacker,” said Elaine Roberts, president and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “Allegiant adds new destinations to its already impressive list of vacation spots, and we expect the new route to Jacksonville to deliver positive results as well.”
Michael Boyd, president of Colorado-based aviation consultancy Boyd Group International, said Allegiant “creates its own traffic. There isn’t much demand for services to Jacksonville, but they encourage low fares and get people who otherwise wouldn’t travel at all.” Buy vacation packages and take a trip. “