Allegiant Air pilots strike averted by court ruling

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – A federal court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air from a planned strike Thursday.

The Las Vegas-based airline had gone to court to block the strike, which would have grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000 customers.

The union says it will comply with the judge’s decision and Allegiant says all scheduled flights are expected to operate normally.

Thursday is one of Allegiant’s busiest travel days.

Allegiant is one of the most profitable airlines in the world, taking vacationers from smaller U.S. cities to warm destinations like Phoenix, Las Vegas and the Florida cities of Orlando and Tampa.

The airline’s pilots are upset over the company’s change in crew scheduling and a rollback in a disability program and other benefits.

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