Spirit Strike: Day Two
Spirit Airlines has cancelled all of their Sunday flights as more than 400 pilots continue their strike of the low-cost carrier. The strikes have crippled Spirit, which flies approximately 150 flights per day. The airline has been refunding passengers and providing them with $100 vouchers to use toward a future flight.
Yesterday thousands of passengers scrambled for last-minute travel alternatives with many stuck with no place to go. One CheapOair blog reader left a comment Saturday, "My daughter and her father were supposed to have a flight out on Spirit
today at 4:10 leaving Vegas to come home to Ft Lauderdale, They are
stuck right now and I cant even get through to Spirit. I don't know
what to do!!"
Pilots say they want a new deal with wages that match low-cost competition like JetBlue and AirTran. Both sides have been working on a new contract for well over three years. Spirit's CEO stated Sunday that there are no planned talks with pilots right now. The airline said it offered pilots a 30 percent raise over the next five years, a better retirement plan and even a sign on bonus.
Source: Spirit Airlines