Allegiant Travel Co. announced a new route from South Bend International Airport to McGhee Tyson Airport in Tennessee starting June 14.
The South Bend airport will offer one of the 10 new nonstop routes to 14 cities offered by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air.
“This expansion caters to passengers and communities we feel have been overlooked by other carriers,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s chief revenue officer, in a press release. “Allegiant’s unique business model, connecting small-to-medium sized cities to vacation destinations, creates accessible travel options not otherwise available in what we believe are underserved markets. We know travelers enjoy the convenience of nonstop flights departing from their neighborhood airport.”
Mike Daigle, South Bend International Airport CEO and executive director, said the announcement of the Knoxville stop is Allegiant’s seventh destination from the airport.
“After an easy nonstop flight from South Bend International, travelers will be able to immerse themselves in food, culture and endless outdoor adventure, including the wondrous Great Smoky Mountains,” Daigle said.
The South Bend airport also offers nonstop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Sarasota/Bradenton and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. It has four air carriers.
Allegiant‘s Feb. 12 announcement included stops to 12 new cities. The company was founded in 1999.