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MidAmerica Airport Director Responds to Blistering '60 Minutes' Allegiant Air Report

Tim Cantwell calls the report "astonishing."

April 16, 2018 - 6:27 pm

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (KMOX) - A "60 Minutes" report on Allegiant Air may have caused the airline's stock to fall 5 percent Monday morning -- it closed the day down 3 percent.  

Allegiant flies out of MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. Airport Director Tim Cantwell calls the report ''astonishing."

KMOX asked him about some of the mechanical problems the 60 Minutes report detailed.

Cantwell told KMOX there have never been any aborted take-offs at MidAmerica, and there haven't been any emergency decents by Allegiant at MidAmerica, either.

"They're a great addition to the St. Louis regional air commerce," he says.

The report noted the airline’s safety record after reviewing 100 mechanical problems from January 2016 to October 2017.  Allegiant had three times as many mechanical problems with flights compared to six competing airlines during a year of reports filed with the Federal Aviation Administration, which 60 Minutes obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Cantwell says Allegiant is one of the safest airlines he's ever worked in his 42-year career. 

"They're one of the best outfits I've seen in the air, in all my life," he says.