Ahead of it's launch at Syracuse's Hancock Airport, the Allegiant Airlines is dealing with safety issues on many of it's planes. The airline announced it's taking many planes out of service to inspect and overhaul many emergency exits.
The service disruption delayed 16 flights Friday until Saturday, and cancelled two flights. Many other flights were also delayed.
The airline recently announced nonstop service between Syracuse and Tampa Bay, Florida, with two weekly flights.
The maker of the MD80 airplanes changed recommendations for inspections of the emergency slides back in 2007. Allegiant maintenance crews were inspecting the slides only every three years when the new recommendation said inspections should be every year.
All MD90 planes which haven't been inspected in the last year will be out of service until all slides are brought into compliance.
The airline apologized for the cancellations and delays.
Allegiant Travel Company President said Andrew Levy,"Allegiant is committed, above all else, to the safety of our passengers and crew, and we are dedicated to working around-the-clock to ensure that all of our fleet meets the highest standards."
The airline is offering compensation for the delays and is rebooking passengers.