The buckeye state is the largest market for incoming visitors to Hilton Head Island, with three quarters of those guests making the trip by car in the past.
(PRWEB) May 27, 2015
Allegiant Air has announced that it will be adding direct flights from three Ohio cities to the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport (SAV). Flights will start in May and run through the end of August. According to Allegiant Air spokeswoman Laura Billiter, the new non-stop flights will be priced starting at $57 per ticket.
Ohio cities that will be connected by direct flights to the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport include:
Akron: Akron/Canton Airport (CAK)
Columbus: Rickenbacker Airport (LCK)
Cincinnati: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Regarding the need for these routes Allegiant Travel Co. senior vice president of planning, Jude Bricker said, “We know Savannah-Hilton Head is a popular vacation destination, and Ohio residents, in particular, have been requesting we start service here for quite some time." There are currently no direct commercial flights to Savannah-Hilton Head originating in Ohio.
By adding 495 seats per week into the area, Allegiant is hoping to tempt Ohio residents who make the trip to Hilton Head Island in significant numbers. The buckeye state is the largest market for incoming visitors to Hilton Head Island, with three-quarters of those guests making the trip by car in the past according to Bill Miles, the director of the Hilton Head-Blufton Chamber of Commerce.
These new routes have plenty of folks excited about the impact they will have on the island and its visitors. “From a quality-of-life standpoint to an economic-development benefit, and certainly looking at the overall impact it can have on tourism, it's a win-win," said Miles. Visitors from Ohio who have avoided a ten hour, 600 mile drive will likely agree wholeheartedly.
This is not the first time that the Nevada based low-cost airline has flown into the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport. Allegiant Air briefly offered service between Savannah and Ft. Lauderdale in 2011. That route was discontinued due to low numbers. Savannah will become one of over 100 cities served by Allegiant Air.
While the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport is located 40 miles from Hilton Head Island, the fact that 40 percent of arriving passengers are bound for the island means there are plenty of transportation options.
Visitors who prefer to drive are offered the choice of nine rental car companies located in the baggage claim area. KShuttle offers a convenient regular shuttle to the island; make reservations in advance by calling (877) 243-2050. And there are plenty of taxis waiting at the arrivals gate to take passengers to the island.
Once on the Island, Hilton Head vacationers will have plenty of choices when it comes to lodging.
Vacationers in need of a rental home or villa for their stay on Hilton Head Island will be pleased to know that the vacation rental specialists at Hilton Head Vacation Rentals and Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island are standing by to help. With years of experience, and countless properties to choose from, they are dedicated to providing unique and memorable vacations on Hilton Head Island.
Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Vacation Rentals is a full service vacation rental management company and has been providing services for both visitors and owners alike since 1958. They manage over 500 homes and villas and their properties are located in Sea Pines, Shipyard, Forest Beach, Palmetto Dunes, Folly Field, Singleton Beach and Bradley Beach areas.
Hilton Head Island is a small barrier island located in the southeast portion of South Carolina and is about 50 minutes by car to Savannah, Georgia and less than a two hour drive to Charleston, South Carolina. It is roughly 42 square miles, 12 miles long and about 5 miles wide. There are roughly 35,000 permanent residents and nearly 2.5 million vacationers annually.