UPR's Stephen Tanner reports on a new commercial airline flying out of Provo.
Provo Mayor John Curtis announced the exciting news: "Wahoo! Right? So Allegiant is coming to Provo! Yahoo!"
The Mayor of Provo made the announcement at the Provo Airport about Allegiant Air agreement to begin commercial flights from Provo to Mesa, Arizona.
"There is a real natural fit with Provo, Allegiant and the Mesa-Phoenix area. Many people may be surprised to know that Mesa is one of the largest cities in the United States, bigger than Atlanta, they have almost a half million people. Many of those people have a connection to Provo and want to spend time here in Provo. I suspect many Provo residents will want to spend time in the Phoenix-Mesa area, especially during this time of year."
Allegiant Airlines will be the second commercial airline carrier to fly in and out of Provo. Frontier Airlines was the first. But earlier this year, Frontier announced it would cancel its service to Provo on January 5, citing economic concerns.
The Provo Airport opened up for commercial business a year and a half ago. After Frontier decided to end its flight schedule to Provo, Mayor John Curtis and Airport Manager Steve Gleason talked to several airlines to bring their service to Utah county. Allegiant decided Provo would be a good fit for its airline.
"This airport is so important for our quality of life in Utah County, not just Provo but Utah County."
Allegiant Airlines will offer tickets at 49 dollars and begin flights to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport twice a week starting in February.
Provo will be the second small airport in Utah to offer Allegiant flights. The Ogden-Hinckley Airport began service with Allegiant earlier this year.