Allegiant Air says strike averted

Allegiant Air says an impending strike that would have grounded the budget airline’s flights starting April 2 has been averted.

Allegiant Air pilots planned to strike on Thursday, April 2, according to an April 1 press release from the union that represents the pilots, the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local Union 1224.

The strike had the potential to ground more than 250 flights and impact more than 33,000 customers. Six flights out of Bellingham would have been affected on Thursday, said Daniel Zenk, Port of Bellingham Aviation Director.

Allegiant Air called the planned strike illegal in an official statement. The airline released a second statement later in the day saying it received a court order to stop the strike.

“Allegiant has every reason to believe that the Teamsters will honor the court’s instructions and will not be able to continue with their illegal intention to strike,” the airlines’ statement said.

Allegiant Air and the union started negotiating a contract in November 2014, according to a news release from the union.

“The strike comes as Allegiant refuses to reestablish a prior scheduling system and restore other basic benefits that have been illegally rolled back over a two-year period during which the company has posted record-level profits,” the union’s statement said.

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