AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – New nonstop service from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) has been announced by Allegiant, heading to Las Vegas and Austin.
Set to begin this fall, the company is offering one-way fares on the new nonstop routes for as low as $39 for a limited time.
“We’re thrilled to bring our brand of friendly, convenient, nonstop service to Amarillo,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant senior vice president of revenue and planning. “We know area travelers will love having ultra-low-cost options for a getaway to these great destinations – whether it’s for vacation or a chance to reconnect with family and friends. “Now more than ever, travelers choose to fly Allegiant because we connect them from point-to-point without the hassle of layovers or connections.”
The new routes to AMA include:
- Las Vegas, Nevada via McCarran International Airport (LAS) – begins Oct. 14, 2021
- Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – begins Nov. 18, 2021
These routes are expected to operate twice weekly, according to Allegiant.
“We’ve been in business for about 20 years now and we haven’t done a whole lot in Texas yet,” said Allegiant’s Managing Director of Planning, Kristen Schilling-Gonzales. “Traditionally, we flew from really small cities to to Las Vegas or to Orlando a couple times a week.”
Schilling-Gonzales said the airline has been able to expand to larger cities like Austin, with service here in Amarillo.
“We know that there’s lots of traffic via vacationers, or just friends and relatives. We know that lots of folks in Texas have connections across the state,” she continued. “So, we’re really excited to be able to bring the service there and you know, Amarillo in particular has been that area that—your part of the country has been a gap in our network and really excited to start out.”
According to Schilling-Gonzales, the 2021 National Finals Rodeo should draw some visitors from the Amarillo area.
“We think that might be quite the hit with the local folks in Amarillo,” she added.
President and CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Kevin Carter, said the new routes could bring in revenue.
“It may be a new type of traveler and so, obviously, that’s going to generate revenue in taxes, and those type of opportunities for us,” Carter said, citing the potential for tourism to Amarillo. “There’s really kind of unlimited opportunity. We just, you know, don’t know what that is yet, but we hope we see some benefit out of that maybe some new new tourism that we have not had.”
The City of Amarillo and the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport are very excited about Allegiant’s service announcement,” said Michael W. Conner, director of aviation, City of Amarillo. “We anticipate that Allegiant will receive a warm welcome to Amarillo and that the entire community will be thrilled to have these additional flight options. Both Las Vegas and Austin are excellent destinations for us and we are happy that Allegiant is going to be able to serve them in the coming months. A big thanks to Allegiant for making Amarillo a priority.”
More information from Allegiant about the $39 one-way prices:
“Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by June 30, 2021 for travel by Feb. 14, 2022. Price displayed includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.”