Airlines are adding routes to leisure destinations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to favor vacation rather than business travelers. Two airlines have this week announced new routes focused on serving leisure destinations over the winter. Both Allegiant and Alaska Airlines have announced new routes for travelers seeking both sun and snow this winter. The move comes after United Airlines announced a Florida expansion last week for vacationers.
Allegiant will be adding seven new routes as well as extending an existing seasonal route. From Florida, the airline will be adding three new routes; Punta Gorda to Chicago’s Midway and Houston’s Hobby, and Sarasota to Boston. California will also gain three new routes; Santa Maria to Phoenix-Mesa, and Palm Springs to Boise and Eugene.
Allegiant will also be adding a route between Provo, Utah and Denver, as well as continuing seasonal service between Nashville and Bozeman, Montana. All the new routes will be operated less than daily and are seasonal apart from the Santa Maria to Phoenix-Mesa route. The new routes will begin operating in November, between November 19 and the 21. All of the new flights will be operated twice weekly on the companies Airbus A320 aircraft.