Airline doubles number of customers

The company hopes to continue to expand.
VIENNA -- Allegiant Air, the company that began providing low-cost air travel between the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and the Sanford, Fla., International Airport in May, has doubled the number of passengers using its flights nationwide during 2006.
In addition to adding flights locally, Allegiant has added or expanded service in dozens of markets, such as Laredo, Texas, Lincoln, Neb., Duluth, Minn., and Knoxville, Tenn.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in December, Allegiant said it provides flights in 45 small cities across the United States, offering service to and from Sanford and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., and Las Vegas, Nev. By comparison, Allegiant served six small cities at the beginning of 2004.
The company reported Jan. 4 that its passenger numbers increased from 963,393 in 2005 to 1,940,456 in 2006, an increase of 100.2 percent.
The SEC filing said that Allegiant has identified at least 52 additional cities in the United States and Canada where service could be further expanded and that there are several popular vacation destinations in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean into which it would like to expand.
The company's stock began trading publicly Dec. 8 at 24 a share. It closed Friday at 27.75, down 2 cents.
As of Oct. 31, Allegiant employed the full-time equivalent of 156 pilots, 169 flight attendants, 220 airport operations personnel, 98 mechanics, 74 reservation agents, and 111 management and other personnel. That included 685 full-time and 285 part-time employees.

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