Lehigh Valley International Airport plans to offer direct flight service to Savannah, Georgia, a move that signals continued growth for the airport, according to officials.
Allegiant Air, a carrier at LVIA, will start the service June 8.
The route will operate twice daily, stopping at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Allegiant will use 177-passenger Airbus 320 planes, said Colin Riccobon, spokesperson for Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
“It’s a leisure market for people, that’s the market they serve,” Riccobon said. “It fit right into the footprint of what Allegiant is already doing here.”
The Las Vegas-based Allegiant also offers nonstop flights from LVIA to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Myrtle Beach, Orlando/Sanford, and Santa Fe/Tampa Beach.
The new destination brings to 12 the total number of nonstop routes offered at LVIA, which is in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, said Thomas Stoudt, executive director of LNAA.
Future destinations the airport would like to add include Nashville, San Juan, Washington, D.C., Boston and Pittsburgh, Stoudt said.
“Those are at least some of the cities…we continue to have conversations with our carriers,” Stoudt said.
While LVIA does not offer any direct routes outside the U.S., Stoudt said foreign cities are not off the list of new potential destinations.