After an investigative report aired on CBS 60 Minutes, questioning the safety of Allegiant Airline, frequent flyers and employees turned to social media to express their concerns.
In response to 60 Minutes Allegiant’s CEO, Maury Gallagher explained in a video that “these are issues that happen every day with every major airline.”
In Southwest Florida, Allegiant Air has been flying in and out of Punta Gorda Airport since 2009.
A spokeswoman for Punta Gorda Airport explained the Airbus’ they have are A-320s.
The A-320s are newer, “more reliable and quieter than the MD-80 planes” which are the main focus in the 60 Minutes investigation, Kaley Miller explained.
Allegiant also has several flights coming in and out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Sarasota-Bradenton’s CEO, Frederick Piccolo, said: “Allegiant is phasing out the MD-80s.”
Despite the harsh scrutiny, its business as usual for Allegiant Air. The carrier recently announced it will offer direct flights from Punta Gorda to Nashville and even more flights out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport .