Allegiant picks secondary Charlotte airport for newest base

Mar 4, 2020

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Allegiant Air is expanding in the Charlotte area with plans for a new aircraft base in nearby Concord, North Carolina.

The Las Vegas-based discounter will base two Airbus A320 family jets at the Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (USA) starting Oct. 7, Allegiant said Wednesday. The airport is a roughly 17-mile drive from downtown Charlotte and only 20 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Allegiant plans to invest roughly $50 million and hire around 66 local staff to support the new base.

Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news

“Having locally-based operations will mean opportunities for expanded hours, as well as more – and more frequent – flight offerings for residents and visitors alike,” said Allegiant vice president of government affairs Keith Hansen on the new Concord base.

Allegiant is the only airline offering scheduled passenger service from Concord, which it added to its network amid a push into larger metro areas in 2013. In adding Concord, Allegiant effectively turned the facility into a secondary airport for the Charlotte area — a tactic Allegiant has used in other markets as well.

Allegiant currently serves seven destinations from Concord: Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS), New Orleans (MSY), Orlando Sanford (SFB), Punta Gorda (PGD), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

Related: Allegiant adds 3 new cities in 44-route expansion

The new Concord base will increasingly pit Allegiant against American Airlines fortress hub at Charlotte Douglas airport. American recently boosted schedules to more than 700 departures on peak days from Charlotte, which it considers one of its most profitable hubs.

American serves all of the markets from Charlotte that Allegiant flies to nonstop from Concord, according to Cirium schedules. However, American flies to Fort Myers (RSW) instead of Punta Gorda, Orlando International (MCO) instead of Orlando Sanford, and Tampa (TPA) instead of St. Petersburg.

Allegiant added a new base in Nashville (BNA) in February, and will open one in Des Moines (DSM) in May.

Allegiant plans to grow capacity by double-digits in 2020. That growth includes the addition of Boston Logan (BOS), Chicago Midway (MDW) and Houston Hobby (HOU) to its route map.

Related: Allegiant Air to make Des Moines its latest new aircraft base

Featured image by Max Prosperi/The Points Guy.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.