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Union Alleges Allegiant Air Pilots Leaving At Accelerated Rates

The union that represents the 400 pilots of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air say pilots are leaving the airline at accelerated rates to work for companies that are offering higher pay and benefits.

The Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224, based in Wilmington, Ohio, is surveying pilots that have left the airline to confirm their belief that they’re leaving to work for companies with better and safer operations, working conditions and better schedules.

Union officials say pilots already flying full schedules are forced to cover additional flights, keeping them away from home for weeks or months at a time.

An Allegiant spokeswoman said the airline’s pilot attrition rate is less than airlines of comparable size.

Union representative Alan Meyers said Allegiant has acknowledged staffing issues in some of the company’s earnings calls.