An airplane, part of the Allegiant fleet, waits on the tarmac to be boarded and loaded with luggage at Bishop International Airport. Tim Galloway
FLINT, Michigan — Allegiant is now officially the largest airline at Flint Bishop International Airport.
With four nonstop flight options to Florida destinations — Tampa/St. Pete, Orlando/Sanford, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, and Ft. Lauderdale — Allegiant become the airport’s largest carrier serving 41.7 percent of the airport’s February passengers.
Delta, the next largest carrier, served 31.7 percent, while American served 13%, and United came in just a hair under 13 percent.
Between it’s first departure on April 13, 2016 and November of that same year, Allegiant had served 38,500 passengers. Two years later, a total of 162,000 passengers have flown with Allegiant — an increase of 179 percent.
“Their growth in our market has been incredible,” Airport Director Craig Williams said. “It is rare to see triple digit growth from an airline in such a short period of time. It is a testament to the commitment of the airline to our community, and our community to Allegiant and this airport.”
Next month, United Airlines is planning to add additional service from Flint to Chicago O’Hare.
Bishop Airport remains the third largest in Michigan, serving more than 700,000 passengers in 2018, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.