SANFORD, FL — (Marketwired) — 08/04/16 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) On Thursday, August 4, Congressman John Mica, Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and local officials joined Maury Gallagher, chief executive officer and chairman of Allegiant, to formally break ground on the airline’s new East Coast training center, located adjacent to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, Florida.
“It’s been great to see how our partnership with Orlando Sanford International Airport, Airports Worldwide and the entire community has grown and thrived,” said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chief executive officer and chairman. “We’re so pleased that this new, state-of-the-art facility will place Sanford at the center of training activity and the leading edge of technology for all our East Coast crew members.”
The $24 million, 43,000 square-foot facility will be completed and equipped to begin hosting training for Allegiant flight crew members and mechanics by Q1 of 2017. Allegiant operates a similar facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to train West Coast-based crews. The East Coast training center will have the capacity to train 150 pilots, 500 flight attendants and 100 mechanics annually, on a full range of flight simulator, cabin trainers, and classroom resources for A320 and MD80 aircraft. Thirty local, full-time instructors and support staff will operate the facility.
Over the 11 years the airline has served the Orlando area, Allegiant has flown nearly 14 million people to and from the destination. Allegiant currently offers non-stop service to Sanford from more than 70 cities across the U.S. A recently-completed economic impact study showed Allegiant supports more than 23,000 jobs in Florida, and contributes $2.6 billion in economic benefit across the state.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/YFuyb.
Orlando Sanford International Airport
Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) benefits from a unique blend of local government and private investment that makes for a very customer focused airport. SFB is operated through a public/private partnership between the Sanford Airport Authority and Airports Worldwide. Airports Worldwide has been contracted by the Sanford Airport Authority to manage both the international and domestic terminals, develop additional air service, and provide ground handling and cargo services. This public/private partnership has created service benefits for SFB airline customers and passengers. For more information, visit: http://www.orlandosanfordairport.com/