Allegiant: aircraft slide inspection may delay flights

Allegiant: aircraft slide inspection may delay flights, no impact so far at TYS


ALCOA (WATE) - Allegiant Air is apologizing for flight delays and other problems caused by its inspection of aircraft slides, but officials at McGhee Tyson Airport say they have not yet seen any issues.

The airline announced Friday it has discovered a compliance issue which will require immediate inspection of many slides in its MD80 fleet.

The company has already begun inspections and expects the process to be complete by the end of September.

Allegiant will take as many as 30 MD80s out of service, which will result in the delay, rescheduling or cancellation of a number of flights over the coming days.

McGhee Tyson Airport spokesperson Becky Huckaby says so far, she has not seen any affects to air travel in the Knoxville area, but they are waiting to see how things play out over the next few days.

Allegiant has activated additional call center staff and will be contacting affected travelers directly.

Customers may also sign up for flight alerts for individual flights at or call (702) 505-8888.

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