PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Transport Workers Union is fired up, saying passengers need to know Allegiant Airlines isn't living up to its promises. Workers are trying to make their case to travelers outside the Punta Gorda airport today.
A handful of workers are passing out fliers, asking people to consider that this airline's expansion here might be more of a trick than a treat. You may recall a few months ago, Allegiant announced it was expanding its services at the Punta Gorda airport, tripling the terminal, adding planes and jobs, not to mention many more flights.
But these employees said they've seen massive expansions happen in other cities around the US, and if the flights are not profitable for Allegient, the airline pulls out, sometimes abruptly, leaving the cities in a lurch and in debt.
Pam Seay, with the Punta Gorda Airport Authority, said she has no concerns about Allegiant ever discontinuing services, saying they've researched the numbers enough to know that this is a healthy economic move for the airline and the county. She said the protest is just stirring up controversy that isn't there.