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Allegiant Air’s executive compensation saw big drops in 2017

Allegiant Air’s top executives had big drops in compensation last year amid lower profits, a new filing shows.

Maurice “Maury” Gallagher, chairman and CEO of parent Allegiant Travel Co., received about $2.3 million in compensation last year, down 35 percent from 2016, according to a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Allegiant President John Redmond received around $1.86 million in compensation, down 82 percent.

Scott Sheldon, the Las Vegas-based airline’s chief operating and financial officer, received $1.9 million, down 37 percent, and chief information officer Scott Allard received $304,744, down 90 percent.

Greg Anderson, Allegiant’s principal accounting officer, was the only executive whose pay was listed in the SEC filing as an increase. He received about $1.2 million in compensation, up 83.5 percent.

Allegiant, a deep-discount carrier, is known for flying from small, underserved cities to warm-weather vacation spots. Annual profits fell 11 percent last year, to almost $195 million, and compensation dropped even further for the top brass due to smaller bonuses and stock awards.

Gallagher, who is Allegiant’s largest shareholder and doesn’t take a base salary, had a $1.5 million bonus last year, down from $2.85 million in 2016.

Redmond, a former casino executive who also doesn’t take a base salary, received no bonus last year and $1.75 million in stock awards, compared to a $250,000 bonus and $9.4 million in stock awards in 2016.

Sheldon had around $800,000 in stock awards last year, down from $2.1 million in 2016, and Allard received a $7,956 bonus and no stock awards last year, compared with a $719,818 bonus and $2.1 million in stock awards in 2016.

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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