The newest nonstop flight out of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is going to the San Francisco Bay area, beginning April 27.

Allegiant Air will operate a twice-weekly flight between Oakland International Airport and Bozeman year-round, said airport director Brian Sprenger at a Tuesday morning news conference. With this flight Allegiant now has three direct flights from Bozeman. The other two flights go to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

“We’re very happy to have Allegiant expanding out of our airport,” Sprenger said.

The Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company, which owns and operates Allegiant Air, recently established Oakland International as an operations base, said Sabrina LoPiccolo, company spokeswoman. Two planes and additional personnel will be based at the airport as a result of Allegiant Travel making Oakland International its eighth base in the country.

“That allowed us to offer the additional flights to markets that we felt would want this nonstop service to the bay area,” LoPiccolo said.

Six other cities also announced new direct flights to the Oakland airport: Billings, Kalispell and Missoula in Montana; Bend, Medford and Redmond in Oregon; and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The flight is expected to be popular in the Gallatin Valley, as San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations for travelers from the area, Sprenger said.

Prices for flights start at $39.99 each way but are subject to fees and additional charges. According to a release accompanying the announcement, some of the fees include: a convenience fee of $10 is added to each one-way flight; a $14.99 fee is added for a one-way flight purchased through a call center; and a check-in fee for each person’s first two bags of $35 per bag.

All of Montana’s congressional delegation weighed in on the new flights.

Sen. Max Baucus said affordable air travel “is key to expanding business opportunities.”

Sen. Jon Tester said the new flights will “help Montana small businesses expand.”

Congressman Denny Rehberg said the flights “will support private sector job creation.”

After the news conference, Sprenger spoke briefly about the ongoing work toward establishing a direct flight to the New York City area.

The airport is still waiting to get money for a local match to the $950,000 federal grant before moving forward.

If the major contributors to the local match — the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Yellowstone Club, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin — don’t get the money in by the end of the month, a New York flight won’t be established until the winter at the earliest.

“The deadline’s looming at the end of the month,” Sprenger said.

Jason Bacaj may be reached at jasonb@dailychronicle.com or 582-2635.


Original Report: Allegiant Air has announced a new, non-stop flight between Bozeman and the San Francisco Bay area beginning April 27.

The new flights will operate twice a week between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and Oakland International Airport.

The company plans to offer an introductory base price of $39.99 for one-way tickets to promote the new flight, according to a statement sent out Tuesday. Details of the introductory fare are available online at www.allegiant.com.

Look for more details about the new flights in tomorrow’s Chronicle.

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