OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) – Great news for the Gulf Coast! Allegiant Airlines has announced the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport will be their newest hub. Bentonville, Raleigh, Concord, North Carolina, Lexington, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana – with fares less than $ 70. Local leaders announced this will create 65 new jobs, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other ground support staff, to the area. This will also bring $ 418 million in tourism over the next five years. In a news release, the airport wrote the announcement will be “a huge win for our region and will produce more economic impacts.” Watch the entire announcement below: Here is the whole news release from Governor Rick Scott: Gov. Scott: Allegiant to Establish New Aircraft Base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport Will Bring Additional Airline Highways and Tourism Revenue to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Community DESTIN, Fla.-Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant) has chosen to establish a new, two-aircraft base with year-round routes at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). The aircraft base will create $ 418 million in revenue over the next five years. Allegiant is investing more than $ 49 million to establish the year-round base, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The new Destiny base will also allow Allegiant to offer new routes to five cities. Allegiant currently supports more than 25,000 jobs in the US. Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce Allegiant has chosen to establish a new aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, which will create 65 new jobs. Today’s announcement is a great reminder of how our tourism industry supports Florida business and communities and creates new opportunities for our families. Tourism partners like Allegiant VISIT FLORIDA to VISIT FLORIDA at $ 100 million. I look forward to seeing Allegiant’s success in Destin and across the state as we continue to welcome families from all over the world to Florida. ” Allegiant, which employs more than 4,000 members across the country, launched its first Florida destination in 2005, and today serves seven destinations in the state with more than 200 routes. Allegiant’s service in Destin-Fort Walton Beach started with six routes in 2016 and expanded to 16 cities in 2017. The new Destin base will become the airline’s 14th year-round base aircraft. Allegiant plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and ground personnel to support operations. Positions are expected to be more than double the area’s average wage. Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant’s Chairman and CEO, said, “We are excited to continue our growth in Florida’s Emerald Coast by establishing a full-time base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach. The base will be expanded to include more routes and expanding service, but it will also provide the opportunity to contribute to the economy and the economy. We would have a terrific partnership with many other local agencies, without which today would not be possible. We can not thank them enough for their support. ” Allegiant currently operates at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), bringing the total number of Allegiant routes to VPS to 21. The new flights will have an additional 25,000 additional visitors to the area. New Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) includes Bentonville, Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA), Concord, North Carolina via Concord Regional Airport (USA), Lexington, Kentucky via Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Evansville , Indiana via Evansville Regional Airport (EVV), and Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina via Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com. VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO Ken Lawson said, “Allegiant’s decision to make Destin a base for their operations and create new routes to the Emerald Coast is great news for Florida’s tourism industry. We are able to share with you the world. VISIT FLORIDA is proud to play a small part in Allegiant’s decision, and we look forward to working with them Peter Antonacci, CEO of Enterprise Florida, said, “The establishment of Allegiant’s new base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach is great news for our Emerald Coast families. Governor Scott has worked hard to make Florida the most business-friendly state in the nation. ” Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “The exciting decision by Allegiant Travel Company to expand their routes to the Emerald Coast is another sign that Florida’s business friendly policies are having significant impacts on our economy.” Commissioner Graham Fountain, Chairman of the Okaloosa County Commission, said, “Allegiant Air’s new announcement is such great news for the people of Okaloosa County. The creation of a new hub for a new airline at Destin / Ft. Walton Beach Airport helps us achieve our mission of creating high-paying jobs in the county. ” Nathan Sparks, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, said, “Allegiant’s decision to name Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is a win-win, and also a win for the 65 customer service personnel, aircraft maintainers and flight crew members who will be hired to support the service expansion. ” Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airports Director, said, “We are thrilled! Allegiant Air’s model fits a glove at VPS and a year-round base will bring monumental wide spread economic impacts to our region. We look forward to Allegiant’s continued success at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. ” … Allegiant® (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet. Allegiant.com, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one road in 1999, the company has grown to more than 80 aircraft and 300 routes across the country. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF. Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the leading economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and large businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the nation’s state of first business destination. The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County is the community’s primary organization tasked with improving the region’s economy through the attraction and retention of new, diversified employment opportunities and capital investments. We have been in 1989, and serve as a non-profit public / private partnership.