CBS said it initially received no cooperation from Allegiant or the Federal Aviation Administration, but eventually was able to document 100 mechanical problems by the airline from January 2016 to October 2017.
Allegiant flies to 78 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, out of the Sanford airport.
Other airlines at the airport include Via Air, which flies to eight destinations in the US, and Surinam Air, which travels to Aruba, Guyana and Surinam.
A spokesperson for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport said, Allegiant is undergoing a plan to replace McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft with Airbus 319 and 320 models. As of February 2, it operated 37 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes and 53 Airbus A319 and A320 jets. However, Allegiant has the right to leave with a 90-day notice, as is standard in the airline industry.
When asked whether he had any concerns about the safety of taking Allegiant, Cantwell said, "Absolutely no concerns".
Allegiant pilots didn't appear in the story.
Allegiant also posted a statement dismissing the incidents described in the show as "years old" and as having occurred before the company's latest FAA audit.
Shares of Allegiant Air's parent company are tumbling in Monday, April 16, 2018, premarket trading following a "60 Minutes" investigation that expressed serious safety concerns about the airline. For example, the show's star interviewee, John Goglia, is not an un-biased commentator; he is a paid expert working for a former Allegiant pilot who has sued Allegiant. "This one-sided presentation falls far short of the responsible journalistic standards expected from reputable outlets, including '60 Minutes, '" Gust said.
The FAA is recognized around the world as the gold standard with regard to transportation safety, and as a result, the airline industry in the US has never been safer.
"The FAA has conducted ongoing evaluations of Allegiant's safety compliance, as it does with all carriers, and has not identified any significant or systemic problems with the carrier's current operation", FAA Associate Administrator Ali Bahrami wrote.
Allegiant, which is based in Las Vegas, did not participate in the program, but it issued a statement afterward. Additionally, we expect our team members to follow all company policies and practice strict adherence to FAA regulations and guidelines. Wolfe Research raised shares of Allegiant Air from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st.
"The traveling public deserves to know whether the FAA is conducting thorough safety oversight of Allegiant". Allegiant runs flights out of local airports, including CIRA. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.
The low-priced airline based out of Las Vegas, with several flights coming through Concord Regional Airport, reportedly has more than three times the number of serious in-flight mechanical failures as other U.S. Airlines, according to the results of a seven-month investigation by the 60 Minutes team. He said the airline complies with all FAA requirements, and that any suggestion the airline muzzled employees "is offensive and defamatory".