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Ceremonial ribbon cutting at QC Int'l Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:56
Runway Reconstruction Season Nears Completion

Six Month Project Was Part of $34 Million In Airfield Improvements

MOLINE, ILLINOIS         Rehabilitation of the main 10,000 ft. runway at the Quad City International Airport, known as 9/27 is just days away from final completion.  A ceremony today featuring Dr. Susan Shea, Director of Aeronautics for Illinois, Susan Schalk, Airports Division Manager, Great Lakes region for the FAA, a representative from Senator Durbin’s office, and other area dignitaries will commemorate this milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon.  The ceremony will take place on the airfield near the “bulls-eye” where three of the airport runways intersect.  The rehabilitated runway 9/27 will feature 47,000 cubic yards of new concrete.  Paved asphalt shoulders on each side of 9/27 are an added safety enhancement.

Construction started in mid-April, and all three runways have been shut down for the past six months.  During this time a temporary runway of 6,500 feet in length was used (runway 10/28.)  The project remained on target throughout the season and will be completed one month ahead of schedule.  Planning for this major phase began in 2007, and encompassed $34 million in total airfield improvements.  Funding for the improvements has come from local, state and federal resources.  “The Quad City International Airport is a critical transportation link that is key to the region’s economy,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).  “This runway will help put the airport in the strongest possible position to compete for better air service and aviation development projects and contribute to the long term ability of the Quad City Airport to serve travelers safely, securely, and efficiently.  It is a great example of Recovery Act funding at work.”

Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation says “Planning for this project started in 2007.  We are finishing the third stage of a four-stage plan and we are very pleased with the cooperation that was achieved through the efforts of the FAA, the Division of Aeronautics, the engineers and contractors.  Hundreds of jobs were created in the fields of concrete, asphalt, earthwork, electrical, and trucking.  This infrastructure improvement will take us well into the future.” Carter adds, “While today is ceremonial in nature, we are ready to open all three of our runways to arrivals and departures next weekend.  This is an exciting time in history for the Quad City International Airport and for our travelers.”

The fourth and final phase of the overall project will be completed next year, when the temporary runway used during the construction period converts to a taxiway, which will be called Taxiway P “Papa.”  
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ALLEGIANT REPORTS SEPTEMBER 2011 TRAFFIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Shattuck-Cooper   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:52

Las Vegas, October 6, 2011/ GLOBENEWSWIRE -- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for September 2011.

Scheduled Service

 

Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010 Change

Passengers                     359,739        362,519          (0.8)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)               327,382        330,800          (0.2)%

Available seat miles (000)                          363,438        359,785             1.0%

Load factor                         90.1%           91.9%        (1.8) pts

Departures                     2,684            2,697          (0.5)%

Average stage length (miles)                        892               889             0.2%

 

3Q11 3Q10 Change

Passengers                     1,478,046     1,488,600          (0.7)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)             1,347,896    1,356,043          (0.6)%

Available seat miles (000)                         1,462,636     1,512,650          (3.3)%

Load factor                         92.2%           89.6%          2.6 pts

Departures                     10,834          11,316          (4.3)%

Average stage length (miles)                        892               891             0.1%

 

Total System*

 

Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010 Change

Passengers                     398,206        390,492             2.0%

Revenue passenger miles (000)                 357,525  362,714          (1.4)%

Available seat miles (000)                          415,941        420,469          (1.1)%

Load factor                         86.0%           86.3%        (0.3) pts

Departures                     3,317            3,231             2.7%

Average stage length (miles)                        832               873          (4.8)%

 

3Q11 3Q10 Change

Passengers                     1,578,645     1,559,836             1.2%

Revenue passenger miles (000)            1,425,002     1,425,761          (0.1)%

Available seat miles (000)                         1,593,766     1,646,431          (3.2)%

Load factor                         89.4%           86.6%          2.8 pts

Departures                     12,527          12,761          (1.8)%

Average stage length (miles)                        845               865          (2.3)%

 

*Total system includes scheduled service, fixed fee contract and non-revenue flying.

 

Preliminary Financial Results

 

Change

August 2011 actual year-over-year

scheduled revenue per ASM (PRASM) change                                  20.6%

August 2011 actual year-over year

scheduled total revenue per ASM (TRASM) change                          15.8%

 

September 2011 estimated year-over-year PRASM change          32.5 to 32.9%

September 2011 estimated year-over-year TRASM change         23.8 to 24.2%

 

September 2011 estimated average fuel cost per gallon                        

– system                         $3.04

September 2011 estimated average fuel cost per gallon                        

– scheduled                      $3.30

 

3Q11 estimated year-over-year PRASM change                           24.2 to 24.6%

3Q11 estimated year-over-year TRASM change                         19.1 to 19.5%

 

3Q11 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system                         $3.12

3Q11 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – scheduled                        $3.33

 

Guidance

 

 

Capacity guidance, subject to revision

Year over Year Growth

 

Departures

ASMs

October 2011

 

 

Scheduled

4%

5%

 

 

 

4th Quarter 2011

 

 

System

+5 to 9%

+6 to 10%

Scheduled

+2 to 6%

+5 to 9%

 

 

 

1st Quarter 2012

 

 

System

+8 to 12%

+13 to 17%

Scheduled

+10 to 14%

+15 to 19%

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs – Available seat miles

 

 

Cost and revenue guidance, subject to revision

 

 

Cost guidance

 

 

3rd Quarter 2011

Cost per available seat mile excluding fuel (CASM-ex fuel) – year over year growth

+14 to 16%

 

 

Fixed fee and other revenue guidance

 

 

3rd Quarter 2011

Fixed fee revenue and other revenue (millions)

$12 to $14

 

About the Company
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has posted 34 consecutive quarters of profitability.  The company is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel and hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2011 and 2010 Allegiant ranked 64 and 25, respectively, on FORTUNE magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies list.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study.   ALGT/G

Note: This news release was accurate at the date of issuance. However, information contained in the release may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

For further information please visit the company’s investor website: http://ir.allegiant.com

 
27th Annual Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend, “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janelle Keeffer   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:15

French-inspired Nouveau wine tradition is a 27-year tradition in Galena, Illinois

GALENA, Ill. – “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Simply translated, “Wine lovers: get ready, get set, go!” The third Thursday of November marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the opportunity to be among the first to sample the new, shortly fermented wine, previewing the current year’s fall harvest.

In France, this tradition began more than a century ago. In Galena, Illinois, it kicked off at the hands of Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery in 1985. Today, it’s grown to be a full-blown community celebration inviting epicureans of all levels to enjoy all things wine.

The weekend officially kicks off at noon on Friday, November 18 with traditional French stew and wine-inspired lunches at many area restaurants. At 2:30 pm, the familiar “clip clop” of horse hooves will be heard throughout Galena’s downtown. On board the horse-drawn wagons sporting revelers is a celebrated guest that will have the entire town in merriment all weekend—Galena Cellars’ 2011 Nouveau wine.

Local restaurants continue the celebration with live music, wine tasting, dinner specials and receptions. Throughout the weekend, wine lovers can also enjoy vineyard tours (Galena boasts three area vineyards open to the public), winemaker dinners, wine-inspired pampering such as spa and shopping specials and lodging packages.

Offered for the second year in a row is the Grand Tasting, providing the opportunity to sample a variety of more than 200 wines—worldwide wines from Albarino to Zinfandel. From value-priced Chardonnays to pedigreed Cabernets, this tasting has it all and is a great value at only $30 per person ($35 at the door). The Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday, November 19 from 3:30-6 pm at Galena’s Convention Center (900 Galena Square Drive).

Advanced tickets purchase (recommended), as well as a complete list of weekend happenings are available online at www.nouveauweekend.com. Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.galena.org or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) for on-site assistance and countywide information.

 

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MOLINE TAKES OFF FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA SUN, FUN AND AMUSEMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Shattuck-Cooper   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:52

ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NONSTOP, LOW-COST TRAVEL BETWEEN MOLINE/QUAD CITIES AND ORLANDO WITH

INTRODUCTORY $99.99* ONE-WAY FARES

MOLINE, Ill. – Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today announces low-cost, nonstop travel between Moline/Quad Cities, Ill., and Orlando, Fla., via the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)., beginning Feb. 17, 2012.  The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering its customers fares between the two cities for as low as $99.99* one-way.

“We're pleased to announce yet another affordable and convenient way for our customers to get away,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident the Moline/Quad Cities community will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to the Orlando area and the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and theme park tickets.”

“I am very pleased that travelers from throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will have nonstop access to the Orlando area.  This will bring the total number of cities served by Allegiant from our airport to four,” Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation, Quad City International Airport said.  “We listened carefully to the comments from our regional area travelers.  We know that Orlando has a strong travel history with families, meetings and convention delegates, and even sports teams who have tournaments in the Orlando area.  It is because of our relationship with the planners and decision-makers at Allegiant that they were willing and able to provide service from the Quad Cities to Orlando--Sanford.”

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), with service Friday and Monday. Flights will depart Moline/Quad Cities at 8:20 a.m. arriving in the Orlando area at 11:50 a.m. Flights leaving the Orlando area will depart at 6:00 a.m. arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 7:35 a.m. (all flight times are local).  The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.  The company also offers nonstop service from Moline/Quad Cities to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz. and the Tampa Bay, Fla. area.

With plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment, Orlando offers vacationers the perfect getaway.  Located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is home to the world’s most exciting theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.  Orlando’s famous International Drive is more than 10 miles long and features more than 100 hotels, 450 stores, several attractions and two major outlet malls.  Orlando is also home to more than 175 golf courses, many of which were designed by pro golfers such as Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Allegiant’s offer is not available on all flights and must be purchased by Oct. 19, 2011. Reservations may be made through the company’s website at www.allegiant.com or by calling Allegiant’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.

About the $99.99* one-way fare:

Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Oct. 19, 2011, for travel by May 15, 2012. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing.  A convenience fee of $17.00 per passenger is included in the introductory one-way fare. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit www.allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $19.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

Allegiant, travel is our deal.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has posted 34 consecutive quarters of profitability.  The company is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel and hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2011 and 2010 Allegiant ranked 64 and 25, respectively, on FORTUNE magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies list.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study.  Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant’s Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiant or follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegianttravel.

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Fall Foliage is Coming Soon! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Anne   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:28
One of the best features along the Natchez Trace Parkway are the beautiful fall colors that come into place in October and November. The oak, maple, hickory and other hardwood trees begin to change colors and visitors are able to see gorgeous fall foliage. Click "more" below to read about some of the best spots to enjoy fall colors from the National Park Service

 
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