US airline group Allegiant has broken ground on its new $24m Florida training centre where it will train its mechanics and flight crew.
The facility, located near Orlando Sanford International Airport, will begin hosting training for Allegiant flight crew members and mechanics by Q1 2017.
Allegiant operates a similar facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to train West Coast-based crews.
The East Coast training centre 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 full-time instructors and support staff will operate the facility.
Maury Gallagher, Allegiant CEO and chairman, said the facility will place Sanford at the centre of training activity and the leading edge technology for its mechanics and crew members.