In a ceremony that included Congressman John Mica, Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and local officials, Allegiant, well known as a low cost airline, broke ground on Thursday on its new East Coast training center.
The training center will be located adjacent to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, Florida from which Allegiant currently operates a hub for its flights with cheap air fares.
Allegiant to Build New Training Facility Near Orlando 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.”
According to the company, the new $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.
The new facility will complement Allegiant’s facility in Las Vegas, Nevada which will remain in use for training its West Coast-based crews. The Sanford Florida 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.