Allegiant Air bringing more flights, jobs to Flint airport

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FILE—Allegiant Air is expanding its operations at Flint Bishop International Airport.

FILE—Allegiant Air is expanding its operations at Flint Bishop International Airport.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to support a new operational base at Flint Bishop International Airport.

The MEDC and Whitmer will be using the Michigan Strategic Fund to support a new operational base for Allegiant Air. The new base is expected to generate about $77 million in private investment and bring 88 high-wage jobs to Flint.

“Allegiant’s investment will create good paying jobs for Flint-area residents as we continue building up Michigan’s economy and usher in a new era of prosperity together,” Whitmer said in a statement today. “We are pleased to collaborate with our local partners and support this expansion, which will help us stay laser-focused on growing our economy and will provide more convenient, affordable flight options for Michigan leisure and business travelers.”

Allegiant is an ultra-low-cost carrier serving underserved communities throughout the country. They currently employ 75 people in Michigan and serve more than 130 cities around the U.S.

“Allegiant Air’s decision to expand in Flint underscores the strength of our business environment, hospitality industry and talented workforce,” said Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO of MEDC and president and chair of the MSF Board, in a statement. “We thank Allegiant for expanding at Bishop International Airport and look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow and add jobs in Michigan.”

The operational base will consist of housing three Airbus A320 aircraft in order to provide more nonstop flight options. The project is supported by a $200,000 Jobs Ready Michigan performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

Jobs created by the project will include managers, pilots, flight attendants, aircraft maintenance technicians, engineers and station staff. Allegiant has already begun hiring positions for the operation and any available positions will be posted on its careers website.