Allegiant Airlines names Des Moines a home base location

DES MOINES, Iowa- Starting in May of 2020, Allegiant Airlines will have a Des Moines-based flight crew and maintenance staff. The carrier has 20-such bases across the country, using what they call an "out and back" system. Two Allegiant jets will remain in Des Moines overnight to be serviced, then then next day Allegiant will fly out, then back, so crew will return to Des Moines at the end of the day.

Hilarie Grey with Allegiant Airlines says it's a $50 million investment into the community, and they're hiring 66-people in Des Moines, including pilots and flight attendants, mechanics and grounds crew workers.

She says the carrier plans to add more routes, but she's not hinting yet about locations.

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