Some Allegiant Air flights canceled after system-wide issues
WZVN ABC 7, December 2, 2013
Some Southwest Florida flights were canceled after Allegiant Air experienced system-wide issues over the holiday weekend. We learned there are several reasons behind the cancelations, including crew scheduling and weather.
Fourteen flights were canceled Monday, with another ten canceled the day before. While that may not seem like a lot, the airline operates much differently than regular carriers. Many flights only operate two or three times per week, making it difficult to rebook passengers.
Lansing-bound Allegiant flight canceled
LSJ.com, December 1, 2013
LANSING — Allegiant Air canceled a flight from Florida to Lansing on Sunday, snarling post-Thanksgiving travel plans for some local residents.
The Las Vegas-based airline said crew shortages led it to cancel Flight 656 from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Fla. Passengers were notified and will be given $100 vouchers to use on future flights, spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.
Beware If You’re Flying One of These Airlines Thanksgiving Weekend
The Motley Fool, November 29, 2013
Allegiant's employees are almost as disloyal. Only 41% say they'd recommend the carrier. Flying either airline this weekend is likely to be a sardine-like experience, with loads ranging around 86% last month.
FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT TO TAMPA GROUNDED FOR 26 HOURS
Valley news live, November 24, 2013
Hector International was a-buzz yesterday with passengers eager to board the first Allegiant Airline direct flight from Fargo to Tampa, Florida. However, the excitement quickly fizzled when the plane never took off.
After a day-long wait, passengers eventually got off the ground in the afternoon, but not without a hassle and a lot of frustration.
Flight attendant union worried about Allegiant
Seacoastonline.com, November 22, 2013
When Allegiant Air announced in August that it would resume flights to Florida from Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Herald greeted the news with "cautious optimism" in an Aug. 26 editorial.
Now that flights are under way, it's time for more caution and less optimism.
Thanks to a "no-fee" incentive from the Pease Development Authority, as reported by the Herald on Aug. 21, Allegiant is paying "no landing fees, fuel flowage fees or other standard fees."
Although Allegiant is not paying any fees, customers are. The company's "shockingly low" introductory fares of $99 round-trip, according to an Aug. 27 report in the Herald, were available to only a small number of customers. The rest will pay fares as high as $280 per person, plus fees for carry-on or checked baggage ranging from $10 to $75.
For the first two weeks of scheduled flights, customers were rerouted through Manchester because the Portsmouth airport was unavailable. Allegiant has a history of reported delays and cancellations — including a Honolulu Star Advertiser report that passengers were delayed for up to 52 hours in Hawaii, and a report from KTVK- TV in Arizona that passengers were stuck on a tarmac for hours without water or air conditioning.
Teamsters File Suit Against Allegiant Air
PNR Newswire, November 19, 2013
he International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 1224 filed a lawsuit against Allegiant Air Friday afternoon, November 15, in the federal district court in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The lawsuit alleges that Allegiant Air is violating the Railway Labor Act by disregarding many of the provisions and protections contained in the Work Rules Agreement negotiated by Allegiant Air and AAPAG, the former independent union representing the pilots of Allegiant Air.
Allegiant reduces St. Cloud-to-Orlando service before it starts
St Cloud Times, by Lisa Schwarz November 15, 2013
About a month before Allegiant Air was set to launch twice-weekly flights between St. Cloud and Sanford, Fla., it has cut that schedule in half for most of the winter, citing weak demand. The Wednesday and Saturday service to the Orlando-area airport was announced Aug. 20 and is due to start Dec. 18.
But passengers who had booked Wednesday flights in deep winter are seeing their itineraries changed to Saturday flights. Wednesday flights serving the Orlando area from St. Cloud have been dropped from the schedule after Jan. 8 through April, the extent of Allegiant’s posted schedule.
Allegiant Air Flight makes emergency landing at BIA
WCSH 6, November 11, 2013
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There were some frightening moments in the sky over Bangor for 155 passengers aboard an Allegiant Air Flight that took off from BIA Sunday morning.
Officials from Allegiant Air and Bangor International Airport tell NEWS CENTER that Flight 737 bound from Bangor to Sanford/Orlando, Florida lost one of it's two engines and had to return to the airport and make an emergency landing. The plane took off around 11:30 a.m. and had turned around and made the landing shortly before noon.
Passenger counts for Allegiant Air drop in October
Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 7, 2013
In an unusual month for Allegiant Air, the passenger counts across its system declined in October.
For much of this year, the unit of Allegiant Travel Co. has expanded at a single-digit pace as it ended many of its charter flying contracts while schedule service continued to grow. In October, however, the passenger count on all flights of 483,000 fell 5.4 percent from the same month last year and the 468,000 passengers on scheduled service was down 1.6 percent.
3OYS: Death no excuse for Allegiant refund
AZ Family 3 on your side, November 1, 2013
MESA, Ariz -- A Valley woman is outraged after finding out she's losing hundreds of dollars. That's because her mother died less than 24 hours before she was scheduled to board a flight. The airline is Allegiant, which is based out of Mesa Gateway Airport. Allegiant has been in the news a lot this year regarding all kinds of customer complaints. But a Valley woman says her complaint takes the cake.
First, we go back to a December 2012 3 On Your Side report.
“I've been imprisoned by Allegiant Airlines for over nine hours and I'm outraged," Sherri Montoya said. From trapping passengers on the tarmac for hours to canceling flights without notice. “I went up to the counter and said, 'She's going to Rapid City' and one of the lady's looked at me and said 'No, we closed that flight," Montoya said.
In the past year, 3 On Your Side has reported one horror story after another about Allegiant Air. And just when we thought we'd heard it all, we met Ashley Haynes.
Allegiant's first flight from Portsmouth delayed another week
Seacoast online, November 1, 2013
PORTSMOUTH — Allegiant Air's launch of passenger service into and out of Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will have to wait another week, airline officials announced Thursday. Commercial passenger service out of the local air terminal was originally expected to begin Oct. 25. However, Allegiant said the recent government shutdown caused delays that forced it to divert take-offs to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Union protests Allegiant in Punta Gorda
By Lucas Seiler, Charlotte County Reporter, October 31, 2013
Members of the Transport Workers Union, representing more than 600 Allegiant Air flight attendants, protested the company for hours Thursday at Punta Gorda's airport. They claim a lack of integrity for their employees and the communities they offer service to, although the airline said that just isn't the case.
Allegiant brands their name as a low cost, direct ticket travel agency. They're known for giving people in smaller cities the chance for an easy getaway. At the same time, they're accused of cutting service if the flights aren't as popular as expected.
Debut of Allegiant's Pease-to-Florida flights delayed again
Seacoast online, October 31, 2013
PORTSMOUTH — Allegiant Air’s launch of passenger service into and out of Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will have to wait another week, airline officials announced Thursday.
Commercial passenger service out of the local air terminal was originally expected to begin on Oct. 25, however Allegiant said the recent government shutdown caused delays that forced it to divert take-offs to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Company officials said the furlough of Transportation Security Administration employees during the shutdown postponed the installation of necessary passenger and baggage security screening equipment at Pease.
Debut of Allegiant's Pease-to-Florida flights delayed again
Seacoast online, October 28, 2013
Oct. 28 — To the Editor:
Yoel, of customer care at Allegiant, has told me that the airline refuses to reimburse the fare for a trip from Pease to Orlando on the grounds that the federal shutdown delayed start of service. Offering a flight from Manchester is not a useful alternative. There is no bus to that airport. Added to the fact that travel with charges for a case and carry-on bag, plus other smaller fees, made costs about twice the advertised fare leaves a sour taste with regard to Allegiant.
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Unionized Allegiant Workers Protest At Punta Gorda Airport
WGCU NPR, October 31, 2013
Unionized Airport workers held a leafleting campaign against Allegiant Airlines at Punta Gorda’s Airport Thursday.
Members of the Transport Workers Union, representing more than 600 Allegiant Air flight attendants, handed leaflets to passengers at the Punta Gorda Airport. The Union’s Vice President , Thom McDaniel, said they were protesting what they claim is the airline’s record for frequently abandoning routes and canceling services.
“You know Allegiant is one of the most profitable airlines in the country yet they are asking small communities to fund their expansion with no promise that they are going to make a long term commitment to their community,” he said.
A $7 million expansion is currently underway at Punta Gorda Aiport—paid for mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration. Some of the funding will be provided by the state of Florida and the airport authority.
Group protests Allegiant's expansion at Punta Gorda airport
Video: WINK NEWS CBS, October 31, 2013
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Transport Workers Union is fired up, saying passengers need to know Allegiant Airlines isn't living up to its promises. Workers are trying to make their case to travelers outside the Punta Gorda airport today.
Union to protest Allegiant Airlines at Punta Gorda Airport
Herald-Tribune, October 31, 2013
Members of the Transport Workers Union plan to spend Halloween at Punta Gorda Airport, warning passengers and Southwest Florida residents of what they say is Allegiant Airlines' practice of ending service to communities with little notice.
Allegiant Air flight delayed more than 11 hours
CBS News, October 29, 2013
An Allegiant Air flight took off more than 11 hours behind schedule Monday night for an hour-and-a-half trip -- with many steaming passengers on board. Flight 1032 was supposed to take off from Oakland International Airport for Provo, Utah at 9:30 a.m. local time, airport spokesperson Brian Kidd tells CBS News. But it had to be towed back to the terminal due to a nose gear steering issue, and all passengers had to head back into the terminal.
Allegiant flew in a replacement craft that was slated to leave at 4 p.m. but it, too, had a mechanical problem.
Passengers Stranded On Allegiant Air Flight For Nearly 12 Hours
KUTV 2, October 29, 2013
(KUTV) Passengers on an Allegiant Airlines flight from California to Provo found themselves stuck at the airport for nearly 12 hours Monday.
Flight 1032 was scheduled to depart from Oakland at 9:30am Monday when a problem with the landing gear was reported while pushing back from the gate. Passengers were let off the plane while Allegiant sent a replacement aircraft. However, upon arrival, a maintenance issue was discovered on the second plane and a second replacement aircraft was sent from Phoenix. The second plane arrived in Oakland just after 6:30pm.
Call Kurtis: Why How You Book Could Ruin Your Trip
WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13), October 24, 2013
What would you do if you missed your connection, and the airline refused to put you on the next flight?
That’s what Michael Hughes said happened to him when he booked his own trip from Stockton to Bentonville, Ala. All he wanted to do was get to his 88-year-old father’s hospital bed, after he had a medical emergency.
Airline Passenger Group calls on airlines to waive cancellation/change fees during Federal Government Shutdown - October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - Paul Hudson, president of FlyersRights.org, a large airline passenger organization with 30,000 members, called today on US airlines to immediately waive change fees and offer refunds to passengers whose trips have been cancelled due to the Federal Government shutdown.
Allegiant Air wants to launch at Lunken Nov. 29, city says
Cincinnati.com, September 30, 2013
Low-cost airline Allegiant Air wants to launch flights at Lunken Airport by the end of November, according to a document obtained by The Enquirer. The Las Vegas-based vacation airline – which has targeted Cincinnati as part of big expansion plans in the Midwest and East Coast this year – hopes to launch service by Nov. 29, Lunken Airport Manager Fred Anderton told Federal Aviation Administration officials in a meeting Sept. 12. But it’s unlikely Allegiant Air will be able to launch flights by Nov. 29. A federally mandated environmental assessment process could take up to one year, city spokewoman Meg Olberding.
UPDATE: Tri-Cities Regional Airport lockdown lifted
after "suspicious object" found on Allegiant flight
BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) - UPDATE:
Tri-Cities Regional Airport's Melissa Thomas confirmed with News Channel 11 that the lockdown placed on the airport after a "suspicious object" was found on an Allegiant flight, has now been lifted.
New Union Boss for Airline Workers
Comes Out Swinging Against Allegiant
DAVID KOENIG, ASSOCIATED PRESS, September 26, 2013
The new leader of a major union in the airline industry says he’ll increase lobbying, oppose outsourcing, and help unions strengthen ties to local communities. Harry Lombardo, who started out cleaning buses in Philadelphia in 1972, was elected president of the Transport Workers Union, or TWU, during its convention in Las Vegas, the union said Wednesday.
Allegiant employees take to the streets in protest
MyNews3 KSNV, September 26, 2013
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Allegiant Flight Attendants Protest
CBS Las Vegas, September 26, 2013
Las Vegas CBS KXNT – Hundreds of Transport Workers Union members staged a rush-hour protest outside Allegiant Air’s Las Vegas office on Thursday, protesting stalled contract negotiations with the company’s flight attendants. The flight attendants say they voted to join TWU in late 2010, and two years after sitting down at the table, are still waiting for their contract to be completed.
Allegiant employees take to the streets in protest
KSNV-TV NBC September 26, 2013
Transport Workers Union Vice President Thom McDaniel said the informational picketing wasn't a work stoppage, just a call for a contract. The union's convention was being held this week at the Mirage resort on the Strip.
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Allegiant reports few flight delays, but encounters turbulence from union
Las Vegas Sun September 26, 2013
Meanwhile, airline executives faced pickets outside the Las Vegas offices of parent company Allegiant Travel Co. Delegates to the Transport Workers Union of America's convention were upset that talks to ink a contract have stretched on for more than two years after flight attendants joined the union.
New TWU Chief Will Kick Off Term With Allegiant Protest
Forbes, September 25, 2013
The new president of the Transport Workers Union, who began his career sweeping and cleaning busses and trolley cars in Philadelphia, plans to kick off his tenure Friday with a demonstration at the headquarters of low-cost carrier Allegiant.
Allegiant Air cancels 12 daily flights during ongoing maintenance
of MD-80 evacuation slides
The Washington Post, September 23, 2013
LAS VEGAS — Allegiant Air told passengers that 12 flights were canceled Monday while it continues to overhaul emergency slides on its fleet of MD-80 aircraft.
The cancelations involved six routes, and the Las Vegas-based airline was contacting affected passengers by email and telephone to tell them their flights would be made up Tuesday, Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.
Allegiant Air grounds most of fleet; more problems loom for days ahead
Las Vegas Review Journal, September 20, 2013
Friday’s flight delays are rooted in a problem on a Monday flight from Las Vegas to Peoria, Ill. A lavatory smoke detector went off while the MD-80 was on a taxiway. All 144 passengers and six crew members evacuated safely, but one of the four emergency slides did not properly deploy. The subsequent FAA inquiry revealed that slide manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace had changed its maintenance directive in 2007 to require an overhaul annually for slides more than 15 years old, but Allegiant continued the previous regimen of once every three years.
Allegiant delays, cancels flights to check MD-80s
Ken Ritter, AP, September 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Allegiant Air officials said Friday that delays and cancelations could continue for several days as more than half of the airline's MD-80s remain grounded for overhauls of emergency slides like the ones deployed in an evacuation this week.
Davis on Friday denied any link between the failure to maintain aircraft evacuation slides and company cost-control efforts.
"There was a disconnect between our maintenance program and the manufacturer requirement," he said. "Our program was not updated in 2007."
Allegiant delays flights to inspect MD-80 slides
USA Today, September 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Allegiant Airlines took more than half of its fleet of MD-80 aircraft out of service Friday to inspect emergency slides, four days after passengers and crew members deployed the devices to escape to the tarmac when smoke was reported on an Allegiant plane in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent company of the airline, issued a statement saying Friday's inspections were linked to an unspecified "compliance issue" found during a follow-up review of Monday's evacuation at McCarran International Airport.
Allegiant forced to delay some flights, cancel others
Youngstown News, September 20, 2013
Allegiant forced to delay some flights, cancel others
Allegiant airlines announced a compliance issue with a portion of aircraft in its fleet, forcing the airline to reinspect the unspecified problem and pull as many as 30 airplanes from its service fleet.
Some Allegiant Air Flights Delayed, Canceled
AP, September 20, 2013
llegiant Air says it's delaying and canceling some flights over the next several days while it inspects the evacuation slides on its planes.
The airline isn't saying how many flights will be affected. Allegiant said Friday that up to 30 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes will be removed from service so that crews can inspect the slides and make sure they comply with federal safety rules. A spokeswoman said the airline would provide more details later in the day.
Allegiant Air recalls 30 aircraft; Provo flight canceled
Daily Herald, Septeber 20, 2013
The Allegiant Air flight from Provo to Oakland has been canceled Friday amid aircraft recalls. Allegiant Air announced a "compliance issue" with its airplane escape slides early Friday, saying many slides in its MD80 fleet require immediate re-inspection.
The airline also did not say which flights would be affected, but a flight status check on the Provo to Oakland flight scheduled Friday indicates the flight has been canceled. Allegiant has flights out of Provo, traveling to Oakland, Los Angeles and the Mesa/Phoenix area.
As many as 30 aircraft will be taken out of service, the airline said, causing Allegiant to "delay, reschedule or cancel a number of flights over the next several days."
In a written statement, Allegiant said "it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last."
One day after Las Vegas evacuation:
Insider Selling: Allegiant Travel President Unloads 25,000 Shares of Stock (ALGT)
North Fork vue.com, September 19, 2013
Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) President Andrew Levy sold 25,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.69, for a total transaction of $2,467,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the president now directly owns 74,368 shares in the company. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC,
Airline workers picket Allegiant Air in Clearwater
Tampa Bay Times, September 19, 2003
A small group of members of the Transport Workers Union conducted informational picketing at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Thursday starting at 11 a.m. The group represents more than 600 flight attendants at Allegiant Air.
The event aimed to call attention to company actions that the workers believe have a negative impact on employees, passengers and communities. Specifically cited by the workers were the company's extra fees that added to the low fares, and its history of abandoning some routes.
Allegiant Air Flight Attendants Handing Out Flyers to Passengers
KCOY 12, Santa Maria, September 18, 2013
Before you book that next Allegiant Air flight, listen up. Some flight attendants are fed up with how things are run. Their union says they have to deal with too many angry customers who are upset with delayed flights and extra charges.
Some Allegiant Air flights are ending with a flight attendant handing passengers flyers. The flyers tell customers that attendants will continue to provide quality customer service, despite lengthy flight delays that have angered some customers recently.
Allegiant Emergency Evacuation
CI News Now, September 17
I was on the Allegiant flight in Las Vegas today, going down the runway, when we heard a strange sound and immediately the plane was stopped. The pilot and flight attendants began telling us to leave all our belongings and hurry to the exits to evacuate the plane. I grabbed my camera and went down the slide to begin taking pictures. There were people that were sick and others were frightened.
The fire department, police and rescue squads all came within minutes to take care of any problems that may have come up. We stood therenot knowing whether the plane was going to blow up or what was going to happen. Soon people brought water because of the extreme heat and then they shuttled us back to the airport. Within hours we were back on another flight and they told us we would all be receiving a refund for the flight. It was amazing how calm most of us kept in the heat of this crisis. Allegiant handled things with care and concern for all the passengers and everyone got taken care of. I will continue to fly Allegiant after experiencing this today. I am attaching some of the pictures I took. I have others. You may use them. It would be nice if you mention that I took them.
Evacuated Allegiant passenger from flight 436
Allegiant Facebook Page comment, September 16, 2013
I was one of the passengers today on Flight 436 from Vegas to Peoria, IL. Many of us are questioning why our plane even left the airport, as we all knew there had been some type of "problem" with the supposed air conditioning. When we boarded the plane, we IMMEDIATELY smelt a "burning" type smell throughout the plane. Many of us questioned what the burning smell was and why the plane was SO hot inside. We were about to take off when the fire alarms starting going off and then and only then did the crew react to the situation and we were evacuated on the run away via emergency slides. As I now have the opportunity to look back on these circumstances I have MANY questions about the safety of all the passengers and why in the world with all the problems going on, Allegiant thought it was safe enough for the plane to fly three hours to Peoria, IL. I am so thankful that the fire alarms went off before we were in the air...who knows what might have happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!