Allegiant files application to operate Mexico flights

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Las Vegas-based low-cost carrier Allegiant Air has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) for a permission to operate scheduled passenger flights between the US and Mexico.

A service to Mexico would mark the airline’s first international expansion. So far, Allegiant has only operated domestic flights in the United States and never offered scheduled passenger service to international destinations, with the exception of selected charter flights in the past. This could be about to change, if the airline receives a licence from the DoT to operate connections to Mexico.

Offering service to Mexico will provide a whole new array of options for travelers to discover world-class destinations that may have been previously out of reach. […] We believe that providing scheduled service to Mexico will also be of great economic benefit, by stimulating traffic and providing additional competition in the international leisure market.Maury Gallagher, Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Air

The airline has not yet announced launch dates or destinations for its proposed Mexico expansion.

Allegiant Air started operations in 1998 and serves as a low-cost carrier for leisure flights between mostly smaller airports. It is currently operating more than 450 domestic routes, using an all-Airbus fleet of 37 A319 and 52 A320 aircraft.

Read more: Allegiant retired its last McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in November last year.