June 25, 2018
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Bangor’s Allegiant Air flights not yet affected by grounding of planes, BIA official says

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Allegiant Air announced Thursday that it would have to ground some of its planes because of an inspection oversight, but it wasn’t immediately known whether the action will affect customers flying out of Bangor International Airport.

About half of Allegiant’s 57-plane fleet of Boeing MD-80s need to be re-inspected because of an issue with their emergency slides, according to a news release from the airline. The inspections are expected to continue until late this month. Allegiant offers several flights a week between Bangor and Florida.

Allegiant runs flights from Bangor to Punta Gorda, Orlando and Tampa Bay, Fla.

“Currently, [BIA] has not been notified by Allegiant if this will affect Bangor flights, however, we will continue to closely monitor the situation as it develops,” airport Director Tony Caruso said Friday. “We do strongly recommend that Allegiant passengers contact the airline directly to check on the status of their flight or need any re-accommodation.”

Allegiant Air can be reached through its website at www2.allegiantair.com or call at 702-505-8888.

“We apologize for the disruption to our passengers and ask that they please remain patient as we work to correct the issue, reschedule affected flights and accommodate any passengers impacted,” Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. president, said in the release.

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