Allegiant announces new non-stop service to New York City from AVL

News release from Allegiant:


ASHEVILLE, N.C. June 28, 2016 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new, nonstop flights to New York City via Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). In conjunction with the new route that will launch just in time for the holiday travel season, the company is celebrating with a “Christmas in July” Facebook sweepstakes to give away seats on the route’s inaugural flight.* Allegiant is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $41.**

“We’re very excited to once again be growing in Asheville, a community in which our convenient, nonstop service has been very well received,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We know that a low-cost, nonstop flight option to New York City is something that local travelers have been asking for, and now they’ll be able to use these flights to travel to The Big Apple just in time for the holiday travel season.”

The new year-round flights will operate four times weekly and will fly nonstop between Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Flights begin Nov. 17, 2016. The new route will add to Allegiant’s current nonstop service from Asheville to Washington D.C. and four cities in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando / Sanford, Punta Gorda and St. Pete / Clearwater

Additionally, Allegiant today launches its “Christmas in July” sweepstakes to provide 12 lucky winners with seats on the inaugural flight from Asheville to New York City for themselves and a guest. Local travelers who would like to enter to win can do so on Allegiant’s Facebook page at The “Christmas in July” sweepstakes is part of Allegiant’s ongoing $1 Million Summer, a promotion in which the company is giving away $1 million in airfare throughout the summer. For more information on Allegiant’s $1 Million Summer, visit

“Allegiant continues to grow in western North Carolina, and the addition of New York City on their route map is exciting,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport. “We encourage area travelers to start planning holiday travel to New York, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors from The Big Apple, as well.”

Allegiant offers a unique travel option to Asheville travelers. Focusing on low-cost leisure travel, the company provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing convenient, affordable service in over 100 communities nationwide.

*About the free flight sweepstakes:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and residents of any Canadian province not including Québec, 18 and older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends July 9, 2016. Subject to complete Official Rules at

**About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by July 1, 2016 for travel by Feb. 14, 2016. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply.

About Allegiant

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars and attraction tickets. All can be purchased only through the company website, Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit:

New music program sponsored by airport and launches

(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) and are pleased to announce a new program titled Music on the Fly. Music on the Fly is a special podcast series presented by the Asheville Regional Airport and hosted by

Music on the Fly brings live, local music to the airport – a key gateway to and from western North Carolina.  "The airport is one of the anchor organizations of our region, and we welcome thousands of locals and visitors every day through our doors," said Tina Kinsey, marketing director at Asheville Regional Airport.  "Partnering with to bring local music to the local travel experience is a great opportunity for all involved."

The first Music on the Fly event will take place May 20, 2016 at 4pm in the gate area of the terminal – performances will be for ticketed passengers who are waiting at the gate for their flights to depart.  Featured artists include The Cheeksters/ Wham Bam Bowie Band and songstress Jane Kramer.

The Ashvegas podcast, known as AVL Informer, launched one year ago, and has featured a variety of newsmakers, local personalities and musical acts. The podcast is featured on, and is available through iTunes and at is one of Asheville's most popular and longest running independent news and entertainment websites. Started by a former newspaper reporter, the website is a go-to destination for readers who want to know what's really going on in town. From food and music reviews to breaking news and celebrity sightings, Ashvegas covers it all. With more than 13,500 fans on Facebook, more than 13,000 followers on Twitter and more than 7,500 Instagram followers, Ashvegas has a fantastic web presence and social media reach.

Reimagined: Local artists highlighted in airport art gallery


(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has a new Art in the Airport exhibit on display. The exhibit is called Reimagined and is open through September 4, 2016. This exhibit highlights the work of local artists using a number of distinct styles and mediums.

A walk through the airport gallery calls you to reimagine or rethink the way you see what is on the canvas. The lines, colors, and forms can take on a new life. From metal to wood and photography to pastels, the vivid art forms have arrived just in time for the summer travel season.

The five local artists that can be seen in the gallery are Carol L. MacAllister, Robert Mahosky, Hartley Meinzer, Wendy Newman, and Elise Okrend. 

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at and click on ART + MUSIC.

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Student Artwork Showcase – WNC students (K-12) exhibit work at airport gallery

(Asheville, N.C.) The Student Artwork Showcase, the newest exhibit at the Asheville Regional Airport Art Gallery, is on display until May 1, 2016. This showcase highlights the creativity of students across our region. This exhibit displays a variety of mediums and techniques by students attending Carolina Day School, ranging from grades kindergarten to twelfth grade. 

The bold uses of color in many of the pieces are highly contrasted by the traditional black and white still film photography on display. The students' work varies in medium, from pen and ink, pottery, painting, to paper collage. Overall, the showcase is a bright escape into a creative point of view.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Asheville Regional Airport's Art in the Airport program is pleased to feature an annual Student Artwork Showcase in our Art Gallery, highlighting the creativity of students across our region. If your school would like to participate in the Student Artwork Showcase, please visit and click on Art + Music in the Social Hub to learn more.

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AVL announces another record year of passenger service

(Fletcher, N.C.)  Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) served a record number of passengers in calendar year 2015:  392,713 passengers enplaned at the airport in 2015, and 394,324 passengers deplaned, which is an overall 4% increase compared to 2014, the previous record year of passengers served.

The air service offerings at AVL have changed in the past few years.  The airport continues to be served with a strong number of frequent daily flights to major hubs offered by legacy airlines American, Delta and United.  At the same time, Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) Allegiant Air has continued to grow its presence in the market.  In 2015, Allegiant added its fifth non-stop destination (Palm Beach International Airport), and designated AVL as a hub of operations, basing two aircraft, crews and a maintenance facility at the airport.

“We have a robust compliment of air service at Asheville Regional Airport provided by our four excellent airline partners,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director.  “Simultaneously, our region uses AVL, which perpetuates the strength of the air service in our region.”

AVL was identified as the best connected non-hub airport in America in 2013 by MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, and has enjoyed continued growth since that time, now classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a small-hub airport. Seats in the market have been strong, and a look ahead shows continued growth on the horizon, beginning with Allegiant’s new non-stop service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in May.

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Of The Essence: Local artists exhibiting in airport art gallery

(Asheville, N.C.) Of The Essence, the newest Art in the Airport exhibit at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is now open through March 7, 2016. This exhibit showcases fine art pieces in a variety of mediums, from silk and paper to hardwoods. The paintings' vibrant colors imbue an essence of the season, while intricately crafted hardwood clocks create an essence of reflection.   As viewers observe the gallery, they are invited to take a moment in "time" to enjoy the season.

Three, western North Carolina based artists, Lisa De Girolamo, Kathy Goodson, and Connie Molland, are featured in the Of The Essence exhibit. Onlookers are able to see a variety of styles and methods used by the artists, as they tour the gallery.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery.

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at

AVL Executive Director elected as an ACI-NA governing board regional advisor

(Asheville, N.C.)  At the annual Airports Council International meeting in Long Beach, C.A. in October, Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport, was elected as an Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) regional advisor of the ACI World Governing Board.  Bleiweis currently serves as chair of ACI-NA’s U.S. Policy Board, a role that focuses on advocacy for legislative policy decisions that affect the airport industry in the United States.  (more…)

Operation Medicine Drop will be held at Asheville Regional Airport on September 26

(Asheville, NC) In an effort to provide a safe, secure way for residents of western North Carolina to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, Asheville Regional Airport Department of Public Safety and the Partnership for Substance Free Students in Buncombe County will host a drop-off event on Saturday, September 26 from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

The region is invited to bring medications for safe disposal to the Department of Public Safety at the airport, located at 136 Wright Brothers Way, Fletcher, N.C. 28732 (parking is located in front of the building). The service is free, drop off will be quick and easy, and all drop-offs will remain anonymous. There will be no paperwork required and no questions asked.

Officers will be on hand to accept the medications, which will then be gathered for safe disposal.

“Prescription medications in the wrong hands – especially in the hands of our area’s young people or improperly disposed of in the environment – can be dangerous,” said Kevan Smith, Public Safety Chief at Asheville Regional Airport. “Part of our job as public safety officers is to partner with our regional agencies to make our area as safe as possible, and we are pleased to be able to participate in this important initiative.”

Operation Medicine Drop is a state-wide program held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s 10th Annual “Take Back” initiative. It is a coordinated effort by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Bureau of Investigation, Riverkeepers of North Carolina and local groups to prevent accidental poisonings, substance abuse and to protect our waters. The drop-off event at the airport is one of several being offered in the region. For a complete list of events, visit

For more information, contact the Asheville Regional Airport Department of Public Safety at (828) 684-4577, or email

New board members appointed to the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

(Asheville, N.C.) The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, Stephanie Pace Brown and Matthew Burril. Brown was appointed by Asheville City Council and Burril was appointed by the Buncombe County Commission. Both attended their first board meeting on February 13, 2015.

Stephanie Pace Brown is the Executive Director of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, leading a staff of 23 to attract overnight visitors to Buncombe County. Prior to joining the Asheville CVB (more…)