LAS VEGAS, Nevada (WYTV) – Starting May 1, Allegiant Air will bump up its pilots hourly pay, with raises anywhere between 5 to 7 percent.
The company credits the pay raise to Allegiant’s continued success, booking nearly $65 million in profit in the first quarter of this year, which puts Allegiant up 89% from the same time last year.
But some pilots are suspicious. A court order issued early this month stopped Allegiant Pilots from striking, after two years of talks on contract terms fell through. Some pilots think that this pay raise is only to divert the thoughts of a future strike.
Allegiant Air pilot and union leader, Cameron Graff, says they are supposed to be getting raises twice a year. A work-rules agreement made in 2010, calls for pay raises on May 1st and November 1st each year based on how much money the airline makes. He says this is what the company should be doing.
If pilots at the airline go on strike, it could ground more than 250 flights throughout the country including ones at the Youngstown-Warren regional airport.
Even though there is a temporary delay, a strike is possible in the future.