Allegiant Air adds nonstop route from Mesa Gateway to California city

Aug 27, 2020, 1:15 PM
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PHOENIX – Low-fare flier Allegiant Air added a nonstop route from metro Phoenix to the central coast of California that will start in the fall.

The airline made the announcement Thursday and offered one-way fares out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Santa Maria, California, as low as $29.

The flight will operate twice a week starting Nov. 19.

“I am confident that today’s new service announcement between Gateway Airport and Santa Maria will be extremely popular with air travelers,” airport authority chairman Gail Barney said in a press release.

Barney is also mayor of Queen Creek, which is around 5 miles from the airport off Loop 202 near Sossaman and Rittenhouse roads.

The airport handled nearly 1.8 million passengers in 2019, setting a facility high. It was an increase of about 16% from 2018.

But the coronavirus slowed airport traffic. Passengers fell from 158,125 in April 2019 to just 11,238 the same month this year.

The East Valley facility picked up $20 million in federal grant funding through the CARES Act in April.

Part of the allocation was to replace revenue lost because of the pandemic.

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Allegiant Air adds nonstop route from Mesa Gateway to California city