(KTSF by Sean Au)
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company has chosen Oakland International Airport to expand its airline services to the Bay Area.
Oakland International’s Director of Aviation Deborah Ale-flint says, “Allegiant’s model brings tourists from small cities across the country into major tourist destinations like the great San Francisco Bay Area.”
Allegiant plans to base two MD-80 aircraft to support this expansion. From April 25, 2012, Allegiant will add 7 more nonstop cities for a total of 10 markets served from Oakland. The new airports are in Montana, Oregon and Idaho.
Port of Oakland officials say this expansion adds 60 jobs to the local economy and will bring in up to $100 million to the Bay Area’s tourism industry in the first year.
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