Allegiant Air files for bankruptcy protection

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 financial difficulties.

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 schedule.

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