Allegiant Travel Company has revealed its plans to set up a two-aircraft base at Gerald  Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US.

The company operates an American discount airline known as Allegiant Air.

Allegiant has set aside more than $42m for its new base of operations that will accommodate two Airbus airplanes.

It has also launched a non-stop service to Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia. The company will provide services on the new seasonal routes twice weekly.

These initiatives will create at least 66 new jobs in the state.

“This will make travel even more convenient and affordable for both residents and visitors to the area.”

Allegiant Travel Company Government Affairs vice-president Keith Hansen said: “Grand Rapids has been a great city for Allegiant, with solid demand and steady growth over the years.

“It’s a perfect location for a permanent base, where having locally based aircraft and crews will open a world of opportunity to expand options for both new service and operational hours.

“This will make travel even more convenient and affordable for both residents and visitors to the area, and further establish Allegiant as a hometown airline for Grand Rapids.”

Gerald R Ford Airport will become the Allegiant’s 16th aircraft base and will allow the company to expand its service to and from the city.

Gerald R Ford International Airport Authority Board member Birgit Klohs said: “Allegiant’s decision to open a base at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a big win for the region, and will have a ripple effect through our economy beyond the initial jobs and investment.

“It speaks to the strength of our growing airport, which is critical for companies doing business in West Michigan and beyond.”

Allegiant plans to directly begin recruitment of pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, as well as ground personnel to support the operations.