Passenger service returning to Pease with roundtrip fares to Orlando for $100
Allegiant operated flights out of Pease from 2005 to 2007 but then moved its business to Bangor, Maine, when Skybus announced plans to start service at Pease. (Courtesy of Allegiant)
He said the local partnership with Pease made the decision possible.
Dave Mullen, president of the Pease Development Authority, said the airport's free parking and location are convenient for travelers, while the no-fee airport makes it attractive to airlines, with no landing fees, fuel flowage fees or other standard fees. Mullen said Pease officials have been doing everything they can to attract a passenger airline to Portsmouth.
Allegiant is planning to offer two flights each week out of Portsmouth direct to Orlando on Mondays and Fridays around 6:30 p.m. Depending on how things go, more departure times and additional destinations, including the possibility for international destinations, could be added.
The ever-changing market, and Allegiant's improved business plan, also contributed to the decision.
Fletcher said fares out of Logan Airport in Boston have continuously gone up, making Portsmouth more convenient in comparison.
Airline tickets will be available for purchase at the Pease International Tradeport terminal from 2 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and at www.allegiantair.com.
The Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is already working on creating packages to encourage travelers from Florida to visit Portsmouth, whether as a cooler summertime destination or as a gateway to New Hampshire's ski resorts in the winter with local hotels, rental car services, restaurants and local businesses all ready to entice them to stay a night or two in the Portsmouth area.
"So it is small … but it does add payroll for the community," Jesurum said.
Some in attendance at Tuesday's news conference expressed skepticism at how long the air service will last given previous challenges.
Fletcher said Allegiant has been profitable for the last 43 consecutive quarters, and Portsmouth was a success story for it before.
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