Allegiant Air couldn’t have picked a better time of year to kick off its new nonstop service from Spokane to Honolulu.
People of the Inland Northwest are pretty much tired of the cold, dark days of winter.
At 8 a.m. Saturday, Allegiant will take off with its first load of passengers aboard a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, arriving on Oahu at 12:30 p.m. Hawaiian time.
“You can literally be on the beach for lunch,” said Todd Woodard, Spokane International Airport spokesman.
The departure marks a return of nonstop Hawaii service for Spokane after the city went for years without it.
Allegiant’s entry into the Spokane market will mirror the company’s business model of jetting leisure travelers from smaller cities like Spokane to top vacation destinations.
“It’s taking people from cold, snowy places to warm, sunny places,” said Jessica Wheeler, public relations manager for Allegiant Travel Co.
Allegiant Air is a subsidiary of Allegiant Travel. As such, Allegiant assembles travel packages that include airfare, lodging and rental car. Customers also have the choice of booking airfare only.
“We have significant buying power, the ability to get great deals for our customers,” she said.
A review of Allegiant’s website shows that many of the upcoming Spokane flights are already full. However, Wheeler said that during the week following the inaugural flight, there will be discounted fares available.
Spokane is now one of 88 cities served by Allegiant with flights to 14 leisure destinations.
To kick off Allegiant’s inaugural flight, the airport is planning a send-off with dancers from Gonzaga University’s Hawaii-Pacific Islanders Club, refreshments and official remarks. The event is planned for the Allegiant gate inside the secured area in the A concourse.
“Anytime you have an inaugural flight, you do something special,” Woodard said.