Allegiant Air Had More Than 100 Big Problems in 2 Years

60 Minutes’ Report Takes Aim at Allegiant Air

60 Minutes’ Report Takes Aim at Allegiant Air

Allegiant flies to 78 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, out of the Sanford airport. Some were alarmed, but others not so much. As of February 2, it operated 37 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes and 53 Airbus A319 and A320 jets.

"Buyers always have to be aware", traveler Erv Basdon said.

Martini was catching a flight with two friends Monday afternoon. That expansion, airport officials say, is to handle the more than 2.6 million passengers, a almost three-fold increase from 901,862 passengers in 2012, at the fast-growing air facility.

"It was really simple", Gaul said.

A popular airline at Sioux Falls Regional Airport is the subject of a scathing report by CBS's 60 Minutes about safety issues.

However, 60 Minutes reports that according to federal aviation records and interviews with pilots, mechanics and industry experts, it may also be the most unsafe.

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In a statement, Eric Gust, Allegiant Air's vice-president of operations, accused CBS of telling a "false narrative". Despite all of these reports, the FAA still backs the airline.

"Mainly the prices", said one woman. These issues include mid-air engine failures, aborted takeoffs, rapid descents and flight control malfunctions. He said if there was an issue that put passengers in danger, travel agents would demand answers. "It is something that is terrifying to pilots and passengers".

The report alleges that the low-priced carrier operates with a culture that puts profits ahead of safety.

Tim Cantwell, director of MidAmerica Airport, said Allegiant has "a very good flight record" at MidAmerica. "Not with what I know now". One of our followers from the Toledo area said they experienced smoke in the cabin of a flight. Booth offered some advice. "I think you have to be proactive".

But Allegiant has been retiring those MD-80 planes, which frequently encounter service problems. Allegiant's used planes range between 11 and 32 years old, according to a company regulatory filing. Since that story aired, the airline has come under fire. "Thanks to these professionals, flights out of OGS are operated safely and efficiently using the newer Airbus A320 aircraft".

Florida Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the committee that oversees airlines, asked the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general to investigate how the FAA handled safety incidents involving Allegiant.

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Airports that have more than 10,000 boardings a year get $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for capital projects. "They must adhere to FAA rules and regulations and it appears they continue to do that".

Others commented on our Facebook post with mixed reviews.

Some of the analysts who follow the stock said they agreed with the airline that the report overstated the extent of the problems.

Last July, 10 Allegiant planes had to make unscheduled landings, "60 Minutes" reported.

Allegiant Travel Co shares lost 3.08 percent to end at $146.40 in Monday trading on Nasdaq, rebounding from a session low of $141.65. "Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences". American International Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Allegiant Air by 4.9% in the third quarter.

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