Air- Union bashes Allegiant for decision to leave Gary – Post-Tribune

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

May 29, 2013

A union representing flight attendants at Allegiant Air voiced disappointment Wednesday with the airline’s decision to cancel service between Gary and Orlando, Fla.

“We’re always disappointed when we can no longer service a community and its passengers,” said Debra Petersen-Barber, an Allegiant flight attendant who is lead negotiator for Transport Workers Union of America.

“Our goal is to meet and exceed the highest standard for customer service. We’re convinced that’s the best way to attract and retain passengers, build a successful airline and enhance the long-term job security of our members.”

Petersen-Barber criticized Allegiant for abandoning Gary after the Gary/Chicago International Airport Board approved $225,000 to market the airline’s flights to Florida. Allegiant Air began passenger service in February 2011 and it represented the first time an airline with a successful financial track record offered service out of the Gary airport.

Airport officials announced last week that Allegiant notified them it was canceling its twice-weekly flights to and from Orlando Sanford International Airport on Aug. 10. Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler told the Post-Tribune Tuesday the airline is halting the service because of a lack of demand for it.

The August stoppage will leave the airport, which is in the middle of a $166 million runway expansion, without a passenger airline.

The union has posted a website — WillAllegiantBeThere.org — featuring an “UnRoute Map” showing more than a dozen routes canceled by Allegiant, and eight cities which no longer receive service.

“I guess we’ll have to make it nine,” said McDaniel.

via Union bashes Allegiant for decision to leave Gary – Post-Tribune.

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