Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air says it will make Bellingham the home base for two of its MD-80 jets and hire dozens of workers to service those planes.
Allegiant, which first began service from Bellingham four years ago with service to Las Vegas, said it will employ 80 workers, pilots, ramp agents, customer service workers, aircraft technicians and flight attendants in Bellingham.
Allegiant has made a profitable business of linking smaller markets to resort destinations such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Florida.
Allegiant flies from Bellingham to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Oakland and San Diego, Calif., Phoenix and Reno, Nev.
The airline plans a job fair Feb. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Quality INn Baron Suites at 100 Kellogg Road in Bellingham.