Airline to make Savannah airport new base

A national airline is establishing a new operations base at a Georgia airport.

Allegiant Travel Company is investing $50 million in the project at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport where two Airbus aircraft will be housed for the airline which began operating in Savannah in 2015.

According to a news release, Savannah will become the airline's 17th aircraft base, allowing Allegiant to expand its service to and from the city and possibly offer more non-stop routes in the future. Allegiant currently carries more than 240,000 annual passengers through Savannah.

The Las Vegas-based airline plans to begin its Savannah operations on June 6.

Gov. Brian Kemp says he's excited that Allegiant will grow its presence in the state. The company says its growth plans include creating at least 66 new high-wage jobs.