Manhattan Airport Expands Routes

Manhattan Mayor John Matta

Manhattan Mayor John Matta

The City of Manhattan announced Tuesday that Allegiant Air will be providing nonstop jet service between Manhattan and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona. Allegiant will operate twice weekly flights between Manhattan Regional Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Thursday, November 7th.

“We’ve been talking to the airport, the board, and Peter here for about 6 years, so this is a long time in the making,” said Thane Klingler, Manager of Airports for Allegiant Air

Allegiant Travel Company is a Las Vegas-based company focused on linking travelers in small cities to leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years.

“In the air service development world, landing Allegiant service to a community our size is considered a coup. To be able to have a low-cost carrier come into our region and provide the fare structure that its going to provide to a destination that is one of our top 5 destinations, is just outstanding for us. It’s outstanding for the region,” said Peter Van Kuren, Director of Manhattan Regional Airport.

John Matta, Mayor of Manhattan said, “I think it’ll be great for us here, when you consider K-State and the Faculty/Staff and what they need to do, Fort Riley, plus just our increase in business, as well as it’s a great leisure destination.”

Allegiant will be offering a 99$ roundtrip promotional for two days only and must be purchased by August 22. Subsequent introductory fares will start at $59 one-way and will be available until August 27. The new flight schedule and additional ticket information can be found online at



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