Allegiant, Teamsters fighting over executive pay
VEGAS INC, April 30, 2015
The Teamsters union, already grappling with Allegiant Air in court over a possible pilots strike, is fighting with the carrier in the boardroom, too. The union, which owns a miniscule portion of Allegiant’s stock, is pushing back against the Las Vegas-based discount airline’s $8.5 million payout to former president and chief operating officer Andrew Levy following his resignation last fall.
Labor-management tensions still present at Allegiant
Las Vegas Review Journal, April 27, 2015
Observers who may have thought Allegiant Air’s record quarterly profits and a subsequent pay raise for pilots announced last week eased labor-management tensions at the Las Vegas-based airline were mistaken.
Allegiant Air lags in passenger satisfaction survey
VEGAS INC, April 20, 2015
U.S. airlines get some of the worst consumer reviews of any industry in America, and Las Vegas’ hometown carrier, Allegiant Air, lags below average, a new report shows.
Pilots at Allegiant Air Question Safety Standards
New York Times, April 20, 2014
For the last decade, Allegiant Air has built a thriving business buying secondhand jets and connecting small cities to leisure destinations like Las Vegas and Honolulu. By keeping costs low, offering cheap fares, and flying from places that other carriers have neglected, like Fort Wayne, Ind., or Allentown, Pa., Allegiant has grown rapidly. Today, the airline has one of the highest profit margins in the business and among the lowest costs.
Judge to rule ‘expeditiously’ in Allegiant Air-pilots dispute
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, April 16, 2015
Allegiant Air, its pilots and passengers holding tickets on the airline’s upcoming flights will have to wait at least another day before they’ll know whether pilots will be allowed to walk off the job in a dispute over company work rules. The airline and its pilots wrapped up three days of testimony in U.S. District Court on Thursday. At the hearing’s conclusion, Judge Andrew Gordon promised he’d “rule expeditiously, but not overnight.”
Judge extends hearing between Allegiant, pilots to next week
Review Journal, April 10, 2015
Allegiant Air pilots, threatening to strike, and company executives, hoping to block them, got their day in court Friday. Now, they’ll get at least two more next week.
What’s next for disgruntled Allegiant pilots if strike isn’t an option?
VEGAS INC, April 8, 2015
When a federal judge put the kibosh on Allegiant Air pilots’ attempted strike last week, just hours after they called it, the aviators were left in a tricky spot.
Anti-Union Allegiant CEO Lives His Worst Dream: Teamster Pilots
Forbes, April 4, 2015
Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher, long an outspoken opponent of airline unionization, is living his worst dream: his pilots are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Pilots Find Plenty to Hate in Allegiant's Low-Cost Business Model
Bloomberg, April 2, 2015
Pilots at the lowest of the low-cost U.S. airlines are fuming over a two-year contract struggle with Allegiant Travel they say exposes abuses of the no-frills model, including overworked, underpaid staff and lax maintenance practices.
Allegiant Travel Pilots Ordered Not to Strike
Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2015
A federal judge ordered pilots at Allegiant Travel Co. to halt a planned strike, a last-minute court decision to prevent spiraling labor discord at the discount carrier from disrupting thousands of travelers.
Allegiant Air pilots to strike Thursday, could impact over 250 flights
REUTERS, APRIL 1, 2015
April 1 (Reuters) - Pilots at Allegiant Air will strike on Thursday, potentially grounding more than 250 flights throughout the country and impacting more than 33,000 customers on that day, the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 said Wednesday.
Allegiant Air’s pilots union says airline is scraping by on safety
Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 30, 2015
The union representing Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air’s pilots has turned up the heat on company management by publishing a letter to customers warning them of safety concerns they have with the airline.
Allegiant to suspend Duluth-Las Vegas flights
Duluth News Tribune, March 1, 2015
For the first time since Allegiant Air started its direct Duluth-Las Vegas service in 2006, it is suspending the twice-weekly flights.
Allegiant Air drops Lansing-to-Orlando flight
Lansing State Journal, February 26, 2015
DEWITT TWP. – Allegiant Air has dropped its Lansing-to-Orlando route, leaving the region's airport without a direct flight to Florida for the first time in several years.
Allegiant pilots to picket at Sanford airport; Teamsters: Allegiant pilots deserve fair wages, work rules and protections
Sanford Herald, February 9, 2015
In response to delayed negotiations for Allegiant Air’s pilots’ contract, pilots are planning to conduct an informational picketing session at the Orlando Sanford International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Could Duluth lose Las Vegas flights?
Duluth News Tribune, February 8, 2015
Allegiant Air ended its Duluth-Phoenix service in July. Two months later, the discount airline ended its flights between Duluth and Orlando, Fla., citing insufficient demand.
Allegiant Air won't fly Fresno to Honolulu route in 2015
Pacific Business News, February 6, 2015
Allegiant Air will not be starting up its seasonal Honolulu to Fresno, California route, leaving it with only two routes serving Hawaii.
Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds
Associated Press, January 22, 2015 - 1:35 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight carrying 160 passengers has returned safely to Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded on the plane soon after takeoff.
Allegiant Air pilots vote for strike pending U.S. gov't approval
Reuters, January 16, 2015
Jan 16 (Reuters) - Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after two years of contract talks, empowering their union to request U.S. government approval for a walkout, the union said in a release Friday.
Allegiant pilots picket for better pay, benefits
10 News, Tampa Bay, Florida, January 13, 2015
Clearwater, Florida -- Allegiant Air pilots are protesting two years of fruitless negotiations with their airline.
The pilots picketed at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Tuesday, saying they want better pay and benefits. They are upset talks with Allegiant have not progressed more over the past two years.
Customers Frustrated After Allegiant Air Cancels Flights
WBOY-TV, January 5, 2015
CLARKSBURG - Several flights involving Allegiant Air were canceled Sunday, including flights at North Central Regional Airport. "Frustrated and furious. Both my husband and I travel quite a bit and never have we experienced something like this," said Molly Moriarty, Allegiant Air customer.
Molly Moriarty was one of many people whose travel plans were thrown into chaos after Allegiant Air canceled several flights nationwide, due to operational issues.
Is Allegiant Travel Company Giving Up on Hawaii?
by Adam Levine-Weinberg, The Motley Fool, December 30, 2014
Investigation: Allegiant has low prices, high complaints
Cincinnati.com, November 10, 2014
Allegiant Air's dirt-cheap ticket prices to sunny destinations can come with a pricey risk: spoiling your vacation.
The Las Vegas-based carrier has the highest complaint rate of any airline flying out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – and second-highest among the nation's commercial airlines, an Enquirer analysis of federal data shows.
Discount carriers not worth the risk
Cincinnati, October 13, 2014
" (Oct. 10): We were scheduled to leave CVG at 1:00 pm Friday destined for Fort Myers on Allegiant Air (FL#963). We received several texts of delays, and finally boarded our flight at 5:00 p.m. We sat on the plane for over an hour, with multiple excuses, and finally deplaned at 6:15 p.m. where we were told to wait another hour. At 9:00 pm. the flight was canceled. Our options were a refund, or a flight the next day at 3:00 p.m. The refund was only on the airfare - not on the charges for baggage or seat assignments.
President resigns at Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air
VegasInc, October 1, 2014
Andrew Levy, Allegiant Air’s day-to-day operations boss and its highest-paid executive, has resigned. The Las Vegas-based discount carrier announced today that Levy, president and chief operating officer, has quit his executive posts and stepped down from the board of directors. His resignation is effective immediately, company spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.
Union alleges Allegiant Air pilots leaving at accelerated rates
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Septeber 24, 2014
The union that represents pilots of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air say pilots are leaving the airline at accelerated rates to work for companies that are offering higher pay and benefits.
The Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224, based in Wilmington, Ohio, is surveying pilots that have left the airline to confirm their belief that they’re leaving to work for companies with better and safer operations, working conditions and better schedules.
"Pilot attrition accelerates at Allegiant Air as labor issues heat up"
gnomes national news service, September 23, 2014
WILMINGTON, Ohio, Sept. 23, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Pilot attrition is accelerating at Allegiant Air as pilots, even senior captains with many years invested, have been leaving in increasing numbers for companies luring them with better and safer operations, better working conditions, better schedules and increased compensation and benefits packages.
Allegiant drops flights between Hawaii and Bellingham
The Bellingham Herald, September 8, 2014
BELLINGHAM — Allegiant Air has decided to stop offering flights between Hawaii and Bellingham. Allegiant recently came out with its winter schedule, listing Las Vegas and Los Angeles as the only airports offering regular service to Honolulu. Several other airports in the western half of the U.S. will have seasonal Allegiant service to Hawaii, but Bellingham was not on the list.
Allegiant Air begins charging customers to print boarding pass
WTXL, September 4, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (WTXL) -- At a point when flyers may have believed there was nothing else to be charged for, Allegiant Air announced they will now begin charging passengers $5 to print a boarding pass at the airport.
Allegiant Air flight to Sanford loses cabin pressure
PASSENGERS ARE SHARING THEIR STORIES AFTER A REAL MID-AIR SCARE, WKMG 6, September 1 2014
THEIR ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHT TO ORLANDO SANFORD INTERNATIONAL WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE A FEW HOURS, BUT THEY LANDED A DAY LATER. THEY'RE GLAD TO BE BACK ON THE GROUND IN ONE PIECE.
Allegiant Air plane makes successful emergency return to Lansing with 166 passengers
The Republic, Columbus Indiana, August 8, 2014
LANSING, Michigan — A Florida-bound airplane has made an emergency return to Lansing because of a mechanical issue.
A Capital Regional International Airport spokeswoman says no one was injured during the incident Thursday. The Allegiant Air jet carrying 166 passengers en route to Orlando began its return to the airport about eight minutes after it left because of a compression alert. The Boeing MD-80 landed 16 minutes after takeoff.
The Boeing MD-80 landed 16 minutes after takeoff.
Extended delay tries Allegiant passengers' patience in Fresno
The Fresno Bee, August 5, 2014
Friday just wasn't a great day for Allegiant Air -- or for about 160 of its passengers in Fresno.
Allegiant Flight 517, the low-cost airline's "early" flight from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Las Vegas, was supposed to take off just before 3 p.m. But Allegiant's McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliner suffered from a balky weather radar unit that could not be quickly repaired.
Computer glitch blamed for Allegiant Air delays
Tampa Bay Times, July 18, 2014
A systemwide failure of Allegiant Air's computer system caused flight delays Friday. At St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, where the airline is the largest provider of flights, the system failure was reported just before 8 a.m., spokeswoman Michele Routh said. It was expected to cause a domino-effect delay in most of the 16 arriving and 16 departing flights from the airport today.
"Everybody's going to be delayed systemwide," Routh said.
Allegiant computer system restored after outage Friday
Las Vegas Fox 5, July 18, 2014
Allegiant Air said its computer system was restored Friday afternoon after an outage earlier in the day forced at least 26 flights to cancel or be rescheduled. According to the carrier, the system was restored at 1 p.m. Allegiant spokesperson Micah Lillard said the outage began about 5:30 a.m.
The technical difficulties forced Allegiant to cancel eight flights while rescheduling 18 others to Saturday. A total of 250 flights were scheduled Friday. The outage affected about 4,000 passengers.
Loss of cabin pressure diverts Allegiant flight back to HNL
KITV4 ABC, June 30, 2014
HONOLULU —An Allegiant Air flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles had to return to Honolulu International Airport due to a reported loss of cabin pressure, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Passengers: Smoke filled cabin as Missoula-bound Allegiant flight made emergency landing
Missoulian, June 15, 2014
An Allegiant Air flight traveling from Las Vegas to Missoula on Friday was diverted and forced to make an early landing in Nevada after mechanical problems with the hydraulics system.
Jessica Wheeler, a spokesperson for Allegiant, said the plane landed safely in Wendover, Nevada, early in the flight after a hydraulic warning light came on. There were no injuries to the passengers or crew.
Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing in Portsmouth
WMUR 9, PORTSMOUTH, N.H., June 7, 2014
An Allegiant Air flight from Sanford to Bangor, Maine, had to make an emergency landing at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease Saturday morning.
The pilot was alerted to low fuel pressure in one engine on flight 736, according to an airline spokesperson. The crew decided to get on the ground as quickly as possible and made the safe landing in Portsmouth at 10:20 a.m.
Plane evacuated at Mesa airport after crew smells smoke
Six people reported minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the airport, according to airport spokesman. AZ CENTRAL, May 19, 2014
An Allegiant Air flight bound for Wichita, Kansas, was evacuated Monday at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport after the crew noticed the smell of smoke as the plane was taxiing, airport officials said.
To the Allegiant Ticket Agent Who Assigned Me Seat 36F
Huff Post Travel, April 21, 2014
I'm sorry I complained and spoke to you in a nasty tone of voice when checking in four hours before my flight on Friday. It's just that I was a little surprised when you informed me that it would cost me $50 for the privilege of storing my carry-on bag in the overhead compartment on board Allegiant Flight 227.
Allegiant Air To Pull Out Of Rochester Airport
This marks the Las Vegas-based airline's second failed attempt to serve the Rochester market. From 2008 to 2010, it offered bargain nonstop flights to Las Vegas. POST-BULLETIN, ROCHESTER, MINN, April 11, 2014
Allegiant Air announced Tuesday it is pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14. "We are always disappointed to end service in a market," said Eric Fletcher, Allegiant's manager of airports. "We thank the Rochester International Airport for their partnership and apologize to any travelers who are inconvenienced by this decision."
Allegiant Air will suspend MacArthur Airport service until December
Newsday, April 9, 2014
Allegiant Air, Long Island MacArthur Airport's newest airline addition, which joined the financially strapped Ronkonkoma airport in December, has announced it will suspend service during the summer and fall months.
Computer "glitch" seat assignment snafu
Allegiantair.com, March 27, 2014
Allegiant Air is experiencing a computer glitch with seating assignments causing duplication of seats at time of check in. The issue has been corrected but at this time any pre-purchased seats on today's flights 3/26/14 may not be available. Allegiant Air is attempting to honor all pre-purchaced seat and apologize if the seat you purchased is not available.
Allegiant Air refuses to refund cost of tickets after woman's unexpected death
Fox News, March 5, 2014
It used to be that airlines would be flexible when it came to situations of life and death. But now carriers are less accommodating to travelers’ changing plans when dealing with the death of a relative.
Allegiant's takeoff from CHO confounds
The Daily Progress, February 26, 2014
Allegiant Air’s turbulent departure from the Charlottesville market has left local airport advocates grounded in frustration. The Las Vegas-based airline halted service at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport following a Sunday flight to Florida. The move was announced in January, less than 100 days after Allegiant’s first flight here from Sanford International Airport in Orlando, Fla.
“We will probably never know all the reasons that Allegiant had for ending its service to our community so quickly,” Melinda Crawford, the airport’s executive director, said in an email. “We know that our region certainly embraced their non-stop service to central Florida, which was clearly reflected in the strong ridership and advanced bookings on their flights.”
Las Vegas’s home-grown airline sees growing pains at age 15
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, February 22, 2014
If court-ordered to unplug Merlot, Levy said in court papers, “We would likely have no choice other than to terminate flight operations until an alternate, reliable system could be created and then approved by the (Federal Aviation Administration).”
Shortage of pilots is impacting regional airlines like Allegiant
Youngstown news, vindy.com, February 22, 2014
The recent cancellation of Alle- giant Air flights to Youngstown has focused attention on the regional airline’s operational troubles and has raised concerns about future disruptions.
Mahoning Valley residents were up in arms recently when Allegiant delayed a flight from Punta Gorda, Fla., to Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The airline said low cloud cover prevented aircraft and crews from reaching the airport. The rescheduled flight the next day was then canceled because of “operational” issues.
Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition to Launch Investigation into
Allegiant Air Maintenance Practices
Sacramento Bee, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2014 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition (TAMC) announced today that it will launch an investigation into reports of a disproportionate number of engine failures, air returns and declared emergencies at Allegiant Air. TAMC immediately recognized that a comprehensive investigation into the continuing maintenance failures at Allegiant is imperative after interviewing pilots at the airline.