UPDATED 2pm EDT: Spirit Airlines has posted an update on their website which reads as follow:
"Spirit Airlines is continuing to work with our pilot union to reach a fair and equitable agreement that ensures the long-term stability of the company, and allows us to continue offering you the ultra low fares you have come to know and love. In the meantime, as of Saturday, June 12, 2010, the pilot union has declared a strike.
Therefore, Spirit Airlines flights are cancelled for Saturday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 16, 2010. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you."
Spirit Airlines is now canceling all of its flight through Tuesday, creating a great inconvenience for thousands more passengers as a pilots' strike persists into its second day.
On Sunday, Spirit said on its website that all Spirit Airlines flights have been canceled through June 15. The pilot strike began on Saturday.
The discount carrier, based in Miramar, FL., carries 16,680 passengers per day – about 1 percent of the U.S. total – a majority between the eastern U.S. and the Caribbean and Latin America.
Pilots of Spirit are not happy with their pay, claiming it lags behind competitors such as AirTran Airways and JetBlue. Spirit and its pilots have been negotiating for more than three years.
Source: Spirit Airlines