Allegiant to connect Oakland with Eugene

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Low-cost carrier Allegiant will link Oakland, California with western Oregon's Eugene airport starting 8 June.

Flights will be offered twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays using Boeing MD-80 aircraft currently flying between Bellingham, Washington and Reno, Nevada. Reno-Bellingham service will end after 29 May "due to lack of market demand", Allegiant president and CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. says in a statement.

Eugene is Allegiant's second market from Oakland International airport, which the Las Vegas-based carrier plans to develop into a base, and from where it also serves Bellingham.

While no carrier currently links Eugene and Oakland, according to Innovata, Allegiant may face competition from nearby San Francisco International airport, where it inaugurated its San Francisco Bay offerings but left after less than a year for lower landing fees in Oakland.

Regional SkyWest Airlines flies from San Francisco International to Eugene on behalf of United Airlines 38 times per week using Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, schedules in Innovata show.