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VIENNA, Ohio - The Director of Aviation at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is unsure as to whether or not the inspection of several Allegiant Air planes will affect flights to and from the airport.

Allegiant Air announced Thursday that it has discovered a compliance issue which will require immediate re-inspection of many slides in its MD80 fleet.

According to a release, the company has already begun the reinspections and expects to complete the process by the end of September.

MD80 aircraft will be placed back in service as soon as possible after the slides pass reinspection. 

In the meantime, Allegiant will take as many as 30 MD80s out of service and delay, reschedule or cancel a number of flights over the next several days.

At this time, it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last.

When 21 News contacted Dan Dickten, Director of Aviation for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, he said that he's not sure that any of this will affect local fights.

Dickten said that there are no Allegiant flights scheduled at the airport until Sunday, so he's hoping that there won't be delays.

Allegiant has activated additional call center staff, and Allegiant will be contacting affected travelers directly.

Customers can sign up for flight alerts for individual flights by calling (702) 505-8888.

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