Allegiant Travel Company has revealed plans to establish a base of operations at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Tennessee, US.

The base will be constructed with an investment of $50m and will be used to house two Airbus aircraft.

As the parent company of Allegiant Air, Allegiant Travel Company operates scheduled and chartered flights and will start operations from the new base on 13 Feburary 2020.

Once operational, Nashville International Airport will become Allegiant’s 19th aircraft base.

The base is expected to create around 66 new jobs for pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel.

Allegiant Government Affairs vice-president Keith Hansen said: “As a premier destination for visitors from all over the world and a growing, diverse city attracting new residents, Nashville hits all the right notes for an Allegiant base.

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“Having locally based aircraft and crews will give us a wide range of options for new service, meaning more opportunities for affordable and convenient nonstop flights.”

BNA president and CEO Doug Kreulen said: “Allegiant’s growth in this market will prove to be another asset to Nashville and we welcome this substantial investment.

“Generating jobs and economic activity and providing competitive air service reinforces the strategic direction of BNA and the highly valuable role the airport plays in the economic vitality of Middle Tennessee.”

Allegiant first launched operations from Nashville Airport in 2018 and currently operates 12 direct services across the US to Orlando, Sarasota, St Pete-Clearwater and Punta Gorda in Florida, Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Bentonville in Arkansas, Cedar Rapids in Iowa, Grand Rapids in Michigan, Syracuse in New York, Cleveland in Ohio and Richmond in Virginia.

Since January to September this year, the airline has flown more than 177,000 passengers through Nashville.

The airline revealed plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Lehigh Valley International Airport in August, Gerald Ford International Airport in January and McGhee Tyson Airport in June last year.