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Emergency slide inspection causes Allegiant Air delays


LAS VEGAS, NV (KELO AM) – You might want to check your Allegiant Airlines flight in and out of Sioux Falls Regional Airport for the next several days.  

Allegiant announced Friday it has discovered a compliance issue which will require immediate inspection and overhaul of many emergency exit slides in its MD80 fleet. The Company has already begun the inspections and expects to complete the process by the end of September.  As many as 32 planes are out of service, causing Allegiant to delay, reschedule or cancel a number of flights over the next several days.

At this time, it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last. The company expected to have 22 MD80 aircraft in service by Saturday. Allegiant expects delays and reschedules to continue, but is working around-the-clock to re-accommodate and update passengers.

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

Two flights were delayed Friday because of the maintenance issue.  Vouchers are available to passengers on affected flights.  Amounts vary, depending on the duration of the delay.