The Sturgis Rally has already announced that it will be open for business in 2021. This year’s rally dates are August 6 through August 15th, 2021. With COVID still rearing its ugly head, some fear that the rally will become a super spreader event.
Whether 2020’s Sturgis Rally was a super spreader event is hotly contested, it’s clear that large groups of people in close proximity increase the chances of COVID transmission. But that is not stopping the Sturgis Rally from once again planning to host the event in 2021.
And now it seems that another company is getting in line to support those who wish to attend the rally. Allegiant Airlines says that it will offer nine special limited routes to Rapid City South Dakota’s, Rapid City Regional Airport. The company says it plans to “offer an affordable option to those who plan to attend the annual City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.”
According to Drew Wells, Allegiant’s Senior Vice President of Revenue:
“As summer approaches, we expect a lot of pent-up demand for travel, especially for places where people can hike, fish, camp or visit the beach. With this expansion, we’ve added even more service to destinations known for their outdoor appeal. Now, with Allegiant’s low-cost, nonstop service, travelers will have easy, affordable access to the cities they want to visit.”
The new routes to Sturgis are:
- Appleton, Wisconsin via Appleton International Airport (ATW) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Indianapolis, Indiana via Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Peoria, Illinois via General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning Aug. 5, 2021; and
- Grand Rapids, Michigan via Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Orlando/Sanford, Florida via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) – beginning Aug. 5, 2021; and
- Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning Aug. 4, 2021; and
- Punta Gorda, Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) – beginning Aug. 6, 2021
With all the airlines struggling to stay solvent during the COVID crisis, it appears that Allegiant is willing to double down in support of the Sturgis Rally. What do think about Allegiant’s plans to provide more flights to Sturgis? Let everyone know in the comments below.