Allegiant Air Responds to Scathing Report on Safety Record
Allegiant Air is known for offering cheap, affordable flights, but now the airline is on the defensive and its stock value is dropping after a scathing report from “60 Minutes” raises questions about the company’s safety record.
The “60 Minutes” report says Allegiant is one of the U.S’s most profitable airlines, but documents show the airline experienced “an alarming number of aborted takeoffs, cabin pressure loss, emergency descents, and unscheduled landings,” since the summer of 2015. Reporter Steve Kroft asked the FAA for reports for Allegiant and seven other airlines, all the airlines but Allegiant sent CBS the documents, and Allegiant even objected to the release of the documents.
Allegiant’s Vice President of Operations sent out a letter that reads in part, “I want to tell you personally that I am outraged and astounded by the irresponsible, grossly misleading story aired by CBS 60 Minutes. The story is outdated, bears no resemblance to the Allegiant I know, and shows a real and troubling misunderstanding of the FAA’s rigorous oversight of Allegiant and all US airlines, which is truly the worldwide gold standard in transportation safety.”