The Tri-Cities Airport won't face any immediate delays from the grounding of one airline's planes but could later on next week.
Allegiant Air delayed dozens of flights Friday while it took most of its MD-80 aircraft out of service to overhaul emergency slides like the ones deployed in an aircraft evacuation earlier this week. The slides worked properly Monday when smoke was reported in the cabin of an Allegiant MD-80 before takeoff from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, company officials said, but an incident review found fleetwide maintenance of the chutes hadn’t complied with manufacturer’s recommendations.
Grounding the aircraft led to delays on many of the 121 flights Allegiant had scheduled Friday, company spokesman Brian Davis told reporters, and 16 flights were rescheduled for Saturday. The company did not have any changes to its service at Tri-Cities Airport, according to a release issued Friday.
Spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said more flights could be affected in the coming days, but the disruption shouldn’t last into October.
Tri-Cities Airport director Ron Foraker said Allegiant has two flights a week out of the airport. That number is scheduled to increase to four flights a week in October.