Why are so many new airlines partnering with Norfolk International Airport?

Norfolk International Airport at 2200 Norview Avenue in Norfolk (Photo by Hillary Smith/ Southside Daily)
Norfolk International Airport at 2200 Norview Ave. in Norfolk (Southside Daily file photo)

NORFOLK — The Norfolk International Airport has had a busy year, announcing several new nonstop flights to various cities around the United States.

Steve Sterling, deputy executive director with the Norfolk Airport Authority, said the number of new air service and destination announcements in the past 18 months have been higher than the previous years.

He attributes the spike to the Authority’s continued discussions with airlines regarding air service development, coupled with an improved economy.

Michelle Whaley, spokeswoman for Allegiant Travel Company, said before ever going into an airport or community they want to make sure the company and the airport are both successful.

When Allegiant is deciding on possible partnerships they look at several things:

  • What routes does this airport / city currently have?
  • What destinations are area travelers traveling to and/or wanting to travel to?
  • What does the traffic look like for these routes?
  • Then, what do the costs structure look like?

She said after research was conducted, they found that area travelers, and travelers at Norfolk International Airport, would really enjoy and take advantage of nonstop, ultra-low cost routes.

“Norfolk International Airport is an amazing airport and in the center of a popular location for local travelers who are vacationing in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks areas,” she said.

Allegiant, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have all expanded their offerings to travelers who use Norfolk International Airport.

There are now nonstop flights to and from cities such as Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tampa, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Denver and Orlando.

The most recent announcement came from Allegiant — a new nonstop service to Norfolk from Cincinnati and Cleveland for as low as $49 each way.

The flights will begin on June 7.

Allegiant said the service will bring nearly 4,000 passengers to the Virginia Beach and Outer Banks areas annually.

To find out more about Norfolk International Airport, click here.

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