MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Allegiant Air is bringing its ninth nonstop flight to Memphis; the flight will take off starting this spring.
The airline announced Wednesday that it is adding a new flight from Memphis to Oakland starting May 30.
"This is an extremely positive development for MEM, as it adds another West Coast destination for our passengers," Pace Cooper, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority said.
The new flight will run seasonally from May until August.
"We've seen a great deal of success. We already offer flights from Memphis International Airport to Los Angeles, and so we figured why not try another destination on the West Coast. Oakland, California--the Bay Area--seemed like the perfect location," Zachary Kramer with Allegiant Airlines said. "We are always evaluating the demand for our passengers. We saw a pent up demand for this flight to Oakland, California."
The addition brings the total number of destinations from Memphis International to 35, and the number of Allegiant destinations to nine.
"The Bay Area is our No. 1 under-served market right now. We are pretty excited about this announcement today," Terry Blue, vice president of operations at MEM, said.
The announcement comes as construction dust begins to settle in Concourse A with new gates opening--the work on MEM's largest portion on the modernization project.
"We are looking to move both Delta and Allegiant Airlines off Concourse B very near the first of April," Blue said.
It's part of the airport's choreographed plan to remain fully operational as crews re-design Concourse B.
On Thursday, interested contractors can start the pre-bid process. The entire airport modernization project expected to be complete by 2021.
The Wednesday and Saturday flights are currently scheduled to end in mid-August, but Memphis airport officials said the strong demand for the flight could prompt year-round service