Local Allegiant flights on time

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VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) — It was business as usual today at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna despite a maintenance issue that grounded 40 planes on Friday.

In fact, Sunday’s flight from St. Petersburg, Florida arrived 10 minutes early and left 10 minutes early as well.

Allegiant Air had half their fleet down due to an inspection issue involving the emergency exit slides.

After an emergency landing in Las Vegas, Allegiant discovered they were inspecting the slides every three years when they should have been making those inspections once a year.

Allegiant expects to complete the process in the next 10 days, and while some flights across the country have been delayed or cancelled, flights in Youngstown will not be affected.

“The good news is Allegiant is in the process of replacing most of the old MD-80 aircraft with the newer, more efficient longer range airbus 319 and 320 aircraft. ¬†That will be a great improvement with respect to liability of their aircraft efficiency, and it will also get us to places further away,” said Dan Dickten, Director of Aviation.

Allegiant currently flies to three cities out of Vienna, St. Petersburg/Clear Water, Orlando/Sanford, and Myrtle Beach. A fourth vacation destination to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Florida will be added Oct. 30.

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