Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) 0 Friday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that airline provider Allegiant Travel Company has been approved for state funding to expand its presence at the Lehigh Valley Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, by establishing a base, creating 50 new full-time jobs.
“This project is good news for Allegiant and the Lehigh Valley Airport, good news for travelers, and good news for the Lehigh Valley,” said Gov. Wolf. “It will provide the community with more jobs and more travel options while injecting more revenue into the local economy, and the sky’s the limit on new opportunities for the area.”
The funding, provided under the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) program, will enable Allegiant to base two Airbus A320 airplanes at the Lehigh Valley Airport, increasing the number of daily flights. The $50,000 in JCTC credits will allow Allegiant to hire pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, and to purchase ground support equipment to accommodate increased flights. The company will hire 50 additional employees to staff the base and new routes that will be flown from the Lehigh Valley Airport.
“Lehigh Valley is a perfect location for a permanent base, which will further establish Allegiant as a hometown airline in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant. “It has been a great area for Allegiant, where passenger demand has grown steadily over the years. As a base airport, having locally-based aircraft and crews will give us a host of options for both new service and expanded operational hours. This will mean more opportunities for affordable, convenient travel for local residents, and visitors to the area.”
“Excitement is sky high throughout the Lehigh Valley with the news of an Allegiant Crew Base landing at ABE,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. “Since day one, Allegiant has demonstrated a strong commitment by providing air travelers affordable options and also have supported impactful regional initiatives. Now, they’ve created employment opportunities for this region which makes your neighborhood airport a more critical economic asset.”
Allegiant began operating at Lehigh Valley Airport in 2005 and currently offers seven non-stop routes to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater and Punta Gorda, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia. Allegiant currently carries more than 280,000 annual passengers through Lehigh Valley.