On Thursday, August 4, Congressman John Mica, Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and local officials joined Maury Gallagher, chief executive officer and chairman of Allegiant, to formally break ground on the airline's new East Coast training center, located adjacent to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, Florida.
"It's been great to see how our partnership with Orlando Sanford International Airport, Airports Worldwide and the entire community has grown and thrived," said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chief executive officer and chairman. "We're so pleased that this new, state-of-the-art facility will place Sanford at the center of training activity and the leading edge of technology for all our East Coast crew members."
The $24 million, 43,000 square-foot facility will be completed and equipped to begin hosting training for Allegiant flight crew members and mechanics by Q1 of 2017. Allegiant operates a similar facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to train West Coast-based crews. The East Coast training center will have the capacity to train 150 pilots, 500 flight attendants and 100 mechanics annually, on a full range of flight simulator, cabin trainers, and classroom resources for A320 and MD80 aircraft. Thirty local, full-time instructors and support staff will operate the facility.
Over the 11 years the airline has served the Orlando area, Allegiant has flown nearly 14 million people to and from the destination. Allegiant currently offers non-stop service to Sanford from more than 70 cities across the U.S. A recently-completed economic impact study showed Allegiant supports more than 23,000 jobs in Florida, and contributes $2.6 billion in economic benefit across the state.