Allegiant Wins Court Order Blocking Pilot Strike for Now

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Allegiant Travel Co.’s airline persuaded a judge to block a threatened strike by more than 500 of it pilots until at least April 10.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas said the company had met its legal burden for a temporary order barring the union’s walkout and set an April 10 hearing to determine whether to extend the order longer.

Allegiant Airlines’ pilots had said they would walk off the job Thursday because, they allege, the carrier hasn’t complied with an earlier court order to reverse a scheduling system change and restore other benefits. The strike would have grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000 travelers, according to the union.

The low-cost carrier, which primarily carries travelers from smaller cities to leisure destinations like Las Vegas and a number of cities in Florida, claims a one-day strike would cost it more than $7.7 million in lost revenue, fare refunds and other expenses, according to Wednesday’s order.

“Although we know that our strike to restore the status quo is legal, we will comply with the judge’s decision and look forward to having our voices heard at the upcoming hearing,” Corey Berger, an Allegiant pilot, said in a statement provided by the union.

The case is Allegiant Air LLC v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, 15-cv-00580, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Las Vegas).

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