Last updated: 07:58 PM ET, Sun January 17 2016

Allegiant Air COO Steps Down

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 17, 2016

Allegiant Air COO Steps Down

Allegiant Air chief operating officer Steve Harfst, 52, has resigned, KTNV reported Saturday. 

The announcement comes after Allegiant has been under fire for its safety record. The airline has had several high-profile incidents that involved emergency landings and mechanical issues, KTNV said.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Harfst had worked to negotiate a contract with Allegiant’s pilot union, Teamsters Local 1224. 

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In April, Harfst played a big role in deterring a pilot strike. The matter ended up in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, and in May, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon issued a preliminary injunction blocking Allegiant pilots from striking, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Harfst came to the Las Vegas-based airline in December 2014 from IndiGo Airlines in India, where he was also chief operating officer, according to KTNV.

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The news station reported that Allegiant Air said the following in a statement: "The company will use this leadership change as an opportunity to refocus on operational needs and areas for improvement."


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