Allegiant Airlines announced Wednesday the company is establishing a base at McGhee Tyson Airport.
An Allegiant spokesperson said the company’s 15th base will bring more than 60 jobs to the region, with flight crews and support personnel based in East Tennessee. There will also be two Airbus aircraft based at the airport.
The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $50 million to build the base, where they plan to begin operations in October.
“Over the past decade, Allegiant Air has provided low-fare nonstop flights to popular destinations from McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “They are continuing to support our region by selecting our airport as a base of operation, leading to more jobs and travel opportunities for the people of East Tennessee.”
The spokesperson added that the base will also bring new routes serving more cities to McGhee Tyson Airport, saying those routes will be announced at a later time.
Allegiant began operating at McGhee Tyson Airport in December 2006 and now offers eight nonstop routes to Las Vegas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; New York/Newark, New Jersey; and five cities in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Tampa/St. Pete, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando/Sanford.
The airport served more than 1.9 million passengers last year, the busiest year in the airport’s history.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined East Tennessee leaders at the announcement.