Allegiant Warns Flights May Be Cancelled, Delayed Due to Inspections

By George Ford, Reporter

The first Allegiant Air flight to leave Cedar Rapids on its way to Phoenix-Mesa accelerates for takeoff at The Eastern Iowa Airport on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, in southwest Cedar Rapids. (The Gazette/Jim Slosiarek)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Allegiant Air, which serves The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, on Friday warned that some of its flights this weekend may be cancelled or rescheduled as it reinspects emergency slides on its MD-80 aircraft fleet.

Allegiant's flights to and from Phoenix-Mesa on Friday were not affected. The airline does not provide service to Cedar Rapids on Saturday.

The status of Allegiant's service to Cedar Rapids on Sunday should be known by late Friday evening.

The Las Vegas-based airline will take as many as 30 MD-80 aircraft out of service to do the inspections. Allegiant said it expects to complete the work by the end of the month.

Allegiant has activated additional call center staff and will be contacting affected travelers directly. Customers also can sign up for individual flight alerts at https://www2.allegiantair.com/flight-status or call (702) 505-8888.

Allegiant provides direct flights from Cedar Rapids to Orlando-Sanford, Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa. It plans to add twice weekly non-stop jet service in December to Punta Gorda, Fla.

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