2017 TOP STORIES: Allegiant plans $40M base

Low-cost airline Allegiant Travel Co. announced in August that it planned to open a $40 million aircraft base here, setting the stage for growth in this market.

The Las Vegas-based airline has planned to hire 66 people to support the two-aircraft base, which is expected to go into operation in February 2018. The new jobs include pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel.

Having a base here will allow Allegiant to offer more routes from Indianapolis in the future, the airline said.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Allegiant Air LLC up to $1 million in conditional tax credits based on the airline’s job-creation plans.

Allegiant began serving Indianapolis in February 2015, and it currently offers nonstop service between Indianapolis and 12 U.S. cities. During the first eight months of 2017, 130,799 passengers boarded Allegiant aircraft in Indianapolis. That’s up from 123,662 during the same period in 2016.•

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