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Airline re-directs planned pilot strike

April 2, 2015
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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, founded in 1997, markets “low-low fares” with the slogan, “Travel is our deal.” Photo via wikimedia.org

An airline that operates a handful of flights out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport believes it has avoided a planned pilot strike that would disrupt spring break travel around the country.

Allegiant Air says in a statement yesterday that it has received a court order instructing pilots to “resume flying.”

“A court in Las Vegas has issued a temporary restraining order against International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the Allegiant pilots,” Allegiant says.

Allegiant expects the Teamsters will follow the order.

“This order will prevent a threatened pilots' strike, which would have left potentially thousands of travelers with cancelled flights over the Easter holiday weekend,” Allegiant says.

Allegiant says all of its scheduled flights are expected to operate normally.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air operates two weekly departures each from Ford airport to several destinations: Las Vegas, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix-Mesa and Tampa/St. Petersburg-Clearwater International.

In an earlier statement issued yesterday, Allegiant says it has been negotiating with the Teamsters since November of last year and “had hoped to continue these negotiations to avoid this disruption for our passengers.”

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