Allegiant postpones planned Canada service to 2015

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Allegiant Air has postponed the planned launch of new service to Canada to at least 2015, following a similar delay to Mexico service.

Internal hurdles in both IT and operations at the Las Vegas-based carrier has delayed the planned service by about a year, says Lukas Johnson, vice-president of network and pricing at Allegiant, on the sidelines of the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Jumpstart conference in Edmonton on 25 June.

“We think the markets there,” says Johnson, emphasising that they are still very much part of the airline’s future growth plans.

In October 2013, he told Airline Business that Allegiant could launch flights from Florida to smaller cities in Atlantic Canada to Florida as early as winter 2014. Cities in western Canada were also being considered.

The delay to Allegiant’s Canada plans follows a similar delay to its Mexico plans. Andrew Levy, president of the carrier, said in April that it would postpone planned service to Mexico to 2015, after it decided to focus its IT resources on other projects.

Allegiant holds authorities to fly between Las Vegas and both Hermosillo and Los Cabos.

The airline plans to add 30 to 40 new markets – referring to the number of routes, not cities – in 2015, says Johnson.