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Allegiant Announces New Base of Operations and Travel Options From the San Francisco Bay Area

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Allegiant Announces New Base of Operations and Travel Options From the San Francisco Bay Area10:00 EST Tuesday, January 24, 2012OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allegiant (Nasdaq:ALGT) announces the establishment of a new base of operations at Oakland International Airport (OAK) as of April 26, 2012. The company will base two 166 seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft at the airport and create jobs for approximately 60 people including: flight attendants, pilots, mechanics and airport service personnel. In conjunction with the base, Allegiant will begin new, nonstop air service to the Bay Area from seven markets. The carrier will offer introductory fares as low as $29.99* one-way, including taxes and fees, to the following cities from Oakland International Airport:Billings, Mont. – begins April 26 with fares as low as $39.99* each wayBozeman, Mont. – begins April 27 with fares as low as $39.99* each wayKalispell, Mont. – begins April 27 with fares as low as $39.99* each wayIdaho Falls, Idaho – begins April 27 with fares as low as $39.99* each wayMedford, Ore. – begins April 26 with fares as low as $29.99* each wayMissoula, Mont. – begins April 27 with fares as low as $39.99* each wayRedmond, Ore. – begins April 26 with fares as low as $29.99* each way Flight days and times can be found at allegiant.com. "The San Francisco Bay Area is a wonderful addition to our vacation destination offerings," said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. "Oakland International Airport provides our customers convenient access to all the Bay Area has to offer. We are happy to partner with an airport that operates in a low-cost, efficient manner which allows us to pass the savings on to our customer." "My administration has focused on this for many months, and we are delighted that Allegiant Air has decided to focus on Oakland International Airport as the best gateway to Bay Area tourism," City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said. "Allegiant is one of the most profitable airlines serving the nation, and these new jobs are a welcome way to start 2012". "Allegiant understands Oakland International Airport's value as a key link to inbound tourism in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Port Commission President Pamela Calloway. She added, "Building upon the success of their existing service, these seven new markets will add considerable economic impact and growth to area tourism. In alignment with the Port's strategic plan, the economic impact is estimated at $75 to 100 million in the first year of operation and the addition of 60 Oakland based jobs." The Oakland International Airport is Allegiant's eighth base of operations. Allegiant currently provides service to three destinations from Oakland International Airport including, Bellingham, Wash., Eugene, Ore. and Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz. Allegiant's $29.99* and $39.99* one-way fares are limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by Feb. 15, 2012 for travel by Aug. 14, 2012. Reservations can be made on the company's website at allegiant.com or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888.About the $29.99* and $39.99 one-way fares: Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by February 15, 2012 for travel by August 14, 2012. Prices include PFC, segment tax and Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.80 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $10.00 per passenger, per segment is included in the introductory one-way fare. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $24.99 per bag, per segment will apply for the first two (2) checked bags. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.Allegiant, travel is our deal. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline, and offers other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets through its website, allegiant.com. The company ranked ninth this year in Forbes' Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" for the second consecutive year--in 2011 and 2010, Allegiant ranked 64th and 25th, respectively. In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week's Top Performing Airline study. The Allegiant Travel Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=8305CONTACT: Media Contact: Sabrina LoPiccolo Phone: 702-478-4159 Email: sabrina.lopiccolo@skgadv.com