Allegiant Responds to '60 Minutes' Allegations

Local travel agent backs Allegiant Airlines

Local travel agent backs Allegiant Airlines

Robert Kane, left, and Sean Jenks of Port City Air refuel an Allegiant Air passenger jet during a turnaround at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in 2016.

To see a response from the airline's vice president of operations, go to the bottom of this story.

Shares of Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) declined 9%, ahead of 60 Minutes piece on the company's alleged high record of in-flight breakdowns.

In the memo, Allegiant blamed the report on a "terminated employee" who is "currently engaged in a lawsuit seeking money damages against the company". Allegiant has been very good for the people in the area who want to take a vacation. "The story is outdated, bears no resemblance to the Allegiant I know, and shows a real and troubling misunderstanding of the FAA's rigorous oversight of Allegiant and all USA airlines".

Several arguments have come up against Kinzer incident but it is noticeable that this incident was only one of them from the "60 minutes" report. Between Jan. 2016 and October 2017, there were 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies including an explosive engine incident last July. The people, however, through social media have shown their active participation and have given their views too for the Air Allegiant that they won't be travelling in that aircraft.

Lowe said she has no concerns about booking Allegiant for her customers.

Investigative reporting on USA aviation is still hard.

"They don't have the number of mechanics", Goglia told "60 Minutes" for its report. "To be clear, any employee who fails to report safety-related concerns through available channels is in violation of company policies, and may also be in violation of federal regulations".

"To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory", Gust said.

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Capt. John Cox, a nationally recognized aviation expert and former commercial pilot said "60 minutes" was being objective in their reporting.

The pilot involved in that incident is suing the airline for wrongful termination.

The report included, among other examples, a 2015 flight where a pilot evacuated passengers from the plane after learning there was smoke in the cabin.

"The force of it was so hard that it- it popped open the cockpit doors", Mercedes Weller told 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft.

The FAA exercises rigorous oversight of Allegiant, as they do all airlines operating in the United States.

We have also not heard back from the FAA for comment.

While Allegiant has never experienced a fatal accident, Goglia compared the carrier to other airlines that have gone out of business due to safety issues.

The FAA has been fairly passive toward correcting Allegiant's difficulties, "60 Minutes" said.

Almost 173,000 passengers in New Orleans boarded or arrived on Allegiant flights in 2017, according to statistics tracked by Louis Armstrong International Airport. 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.

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