Allegiant Air cancels Florida flights after new aircraft delayed, officials say


CLEARWATER, Fla. – Allegiant Air has canceled several upcoming flights in Florida due to new aircraft delivery delays.

The Tampa Bay Times quotes spokeswoman Krysta Levy as saying Wednesday that the airline is transitioning to an all-Airbus fleet and the delay has strained resources. An airline travel advisory says 10 upcoming flights over the next couple of days at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport have been canceled. Levy says passengers have been offered refunds or re-accommodation.

Several flights to and from Orlando-Sanford International have also been canceled, according to Allegiant's website.

The newspaper reports the budget carrier has long relied on an aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. In August, the airline announced it had replaced all of the MD-80s at St. Pete-Clearwater International with Airbus 320s. It plans to replace its all of its MD-80s by 2019 because the aging models are prone to mechanical failures.

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