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Home Base and Hubs: No "hubs" in the big-line sense; bases in Bellingham, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mesa/Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, Oakland, Sanford/Orlando, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.
Market Area: Flies out-and-back from base cities to dozens of smaller cities and outlying big-city airports throughout the U.S., including border airports catering to Canadians.
Alliances and Partners: None.
What's Special: Allegiant provides the only low-fare, nonstop flights in mainline airplanes from small communities to 10 of the nation's most important visitor destinations. Although other start-up airlines have copied its business model, none have succeeded. Allegiant plans to offer similar service from small Western communities to Hawaii starting later this year or early next.
Downside: Most routes operate only two or three times a week, often at inconvenient hours; Allegiant charges fees for almost everything beyond a seat, and the big online travel agencys and aggregator airfare search engines do not display its fares and schedules.