LAS VEGAS -- Allegiant Air became the third airline this month to
file for bankruptcy protection -- and the third to cite the higher
cost of fuel as a major factor.
Allegiant said it will continue to fly charters and its
Fresno-Las Vegas scheduled service while it reorganizes. Allegiant
began charter operations in 1997 and scheduled service in early
1999, but the Chapter 11 filing Wednesday at the Fresno Division of
the Eastern District of the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court came less than a week after the carrier
suspended its four other scheduled service routes because of
Dallas-based Legend Airlines and Las Vegas-based National
Airlines also filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.
Legend suspended its service, but National still is flying a full