"We are aware of Sunday's 60 Minutes report involving Allegiant Air and its safety record", Concord City Manager Lloyd Payne said in a statement. He called the report's conclusion "reasonable", but said the airline is safe, otherwise the FAA would shut it down.
They detailed incidents like cabin pressure loss, unscheduled landings, aborted takeoffs and emergency descents.
She said the report gave her no pause before boarding the aircraft and that she would continue to book flights with the low-priced carrier. The report said there was smoke in the cabin and a fire in the engine that prompted the evacuation.
In the memo, Allegiant blamed the report on a "terminated employee" who is "currently engaged in a lawsuit seeking money damages against the company".
The airline now has flights in and out of Concord-Padgett Regional Airport in Concord.
Captain Eric Gust, vice president of operations at Allegiant, said in a prepared statement that "60 Minutes" aired a "false narrative" about Allegiant and the FAA, which he said exercises "rigorous oversight" of the airline.
Robert Kane, left, and Sean Jenks of Port City Air refuel an Allegiant Air passenger jet during a turnaround at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in 2016.
"We found little in the way of incrementally negative data points concerning Allegiant's operational challenges over the past few years on last night's 60 Minutes", Stifel analyst Joseph DeNardi wrote in a note to clients Monday.
"The force of it was so hard that it- it popped open the cockpit doors", Mercedes Weller told 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft.
In that time period, "60 Minutes" counted dozens of in-flight mishaps and in-flight emergencies on Allegiant's planes.
"What we found raised some disturbing questions about the performance of their fleet", the "60 Minutes" reporter said on air.
Within the report, the 60 Minutes corespondent interviewed a man by the name of John Goglia who is an expert witness who testifies on aviation issues. "Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate to the highest standards". That expansion, airport officials say, is to handle the more than 2.6 million passengers, a almost three-fold increase from 901,862 passengers in 2012, at the fast-growing air facility. Our workforce is made up of more than 4,000 dedicated and hard-working people who wake up every day thinking about how to move our customers safely from one place to another. "In this role he oversees all system pilots and pilot training operations, regulatory compliance and flight standards, and the safety and security of all operations, team members and passengers".
"We are pleased to report that all the Allegiant planes based here at the Punta Gorda Airport are newer Airbus A320s - which the community and passengers have welcomed because they are more reliable and quieter than the MD80 planes".
By "comprehensive audit", Gust is likely referring to the 2016 review of Allegiant's FAA certificate. The Times examined the Las Vegas-based budget airline's safety record for 2015, finding that Allegiant made emergency landings at four times the rate of other US airlines.