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Allegiant Air will have two new nonstop flights to Montana and Arkansas connected to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport by this summer as ticket sales once again begin to lift off.


A flight to Bozeman Yellowstone National Airport in Montana is set to start this May, and another flight to Bentonville, Arkansas will begin on July 2. According to Allegiant's Senior Vice President of Revenue Drew Wells, each destination—including Austin—is centered around outdoor activities in anticipation of higher ticket sales this summer as vaccines continue to be distributed.

"As summer approaches, we expect a lot of pent-up demand for travel, especially for places where people can hike, fish, camp or visit the beach," Wells said in a release. "With this expansion, we've added even more service to destinations known for their outdoor appeal. Now, with Allegiant's low-cost, nonstop service, travelers will have easy, affordable access to the cities they want to visit."

Routes to Bozeman will start on May 27 with one-way tickets as low as $59, while fares to Bentonville will begin at $49.

Just before these two new routes jet off, Austin will welcome Hawaiian Airlines' first-ever flight to Texas with a non-stop service from Honolulu to Austin-Bergstrom set to begin in April. The airport has also expanded its dining options with plans for a Whataburger location announced in January.

The new additions should add a boost to the Texas Capitol's airport, which like the rest of the industry has seen rapid drops in traffic. Austin-Bergstrom's passenger activity was down 62% percent in 2020 from the year before.

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