Allegiant Air on Friday will begin new, nonstop seasonal flights to West Palm Beach from Pittsburgh.
The new flights are expected to bring more than 4,000 additional visitors each year to the Palm Beach area and generate an estimated $3.6 million in total visitor spending annually, the airline has said.
“Allegiant’s growth at PBI is exciting news for Palm Beach and is representative of the increase in air travel to and from the Palm Beaches. We welcome Allegiant’s new, nonstop service to Pittsburgh and are pleased to partner with Allegiant for their first nonstop to Pittsburgh in South Florida,” Bruce Pelly, director of airports for Palm Beach County said in November.
The service was heralded by tourism leaders.
“We are thrilled to see these new Allegiant Air flights from Pittsburgh to The Palm Beaches,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County. “As our destination continues to see a steady increase in the number of visitors from Pennsylvania, it becomes an increasingly important opportunity market for us.”
In November, Allegiant announced it would offer the seasonal service beginning on Feb. 19. The company initially offered promotional one-way fares as low as $39.
“The Palm Beaches offer what the Pittsburgh area clearly lacks: 47 miles of tropical beaches. Our warm-weather climate and wide range of arts, shopping, ecological areas and entertainment options makes this a desirable location for visitors from that area, especially during this time of year,” Pesquera said. “We’re pleased to see Allegiant Air expand nonstop air service and increase overall capacity to Palm Beach International Airport, while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with yet another great travel destination in the northeast.”