Allegiant Travel Company cancelled Friday's scheduled 12 p.m. flight from Missoula to Las Vegas after the company announced a compliance issue forced it to ground as many as 30 airplanes.
The company said in a press release that it has already begun re-inspections of slides in its MD80 aircraft fleet to achieve compliance, but the company expects a number of flights to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled in the next few days.
"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," said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. "Allegiant is committed, above all else, to the safety of our passengers and crew, and we are dedicated to working around-the-clock to ensure that all of our fleet meets the highest standards."
At this time, it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last. Allegiant says it has activated additional call center staff, and we're told Allegiant will be contacting affected travelers directly. Customers may also sign up for flight alerts for individual flights at https://www2.allegiantair.com/flight-status or call 702-505-8888.