Allegiant Air Cancels Six Flights at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport
Allegiant Air was forced to cancel six flights at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Thursday, citing "operational needs" across their system, according WTSP 10 News in Tampa.
The low-cost carrier explained that it didn't have enough planes available to operate all 280-plus scheduled flights for Thursday.
"Allegiant is currently operating in our peak travel season, flying a very heavy schedule of flights each day," the airline's media relations team wrote in an email to WTSP. "In addition to this high demand, we have had a number of unforeseen and unusual events that have taken aircraft out of service."
The airline said that it directly contacted all affected customers and plans to supply them each with a $200 voucher for future air travel.
Allegiant also said that it would waive change fees and fare difference for customers looking to reschedule on another flight within the airline's network. Passengers not interested in rescheduling with Allegiant will receive a refund of their airfare, according to the Nevada-based carrier.
The airline also said that passengers who were set to return home on one of the canceled flights would be eligible to submit receipts for transportation expenses for reimbursement review.
Three of the six canceled flights were due to depart St. Petersburg-Clearwater on Thursday, while the other three were supposed to be headed there from Knoxville, Tennessee; Newburgh, New York and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thursday's sudden cancellations at St. Petersburg-Clearwater come just over a week after a Maryland-bound Allegiant Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from the airport because of cabin smoke. Passengers aboard that flight were also provided $200 vouchers in addition to a full refund.
This also comes just days after Allegiant Air passengers were forced to evacuate onto the wing of a plane at Boise Airport after the cabin filled with fuel fumes.
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