Allegiant Travel Co., which operates Allegiant Air, said Monday it expects its departures to grow by 35 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period last year.
It also predicts Allegiant Air capacity, or seats available, will grow by about 40 percent as it adds aircraft to its fleet.
In the fourth quarter, the company predicts the airline’s departures will increase by 12 percent from a year earlier. It forecasts capacity will increase by 18 percent.
Allegiant Air also said Monday that it is ending charter service to Cuba.
Allegiant currently flies for five separate charter programs, and it has given 120-day notice to cancel each of those contracts.
Allegiant said while flying to Cuba has been profitable, “these programs are exposing the airline and its people to operational complexity inconsistent with our operating philosophy.”
Allegiant Air expects to return the single aircraft it currently operates to Cuba to other service later this year.
Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company, is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., Phoenix-Mesa, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the Company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled other travel related services.