Spirit Airlines Strike Enters 3rd Day

Spirit Airlines pilots are entering their third day of strikes today. All Spirit Airlines flights are canceled until Wednesday, June 16. Reuters has more:

Spirit’s 440 pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association walked off the job on Saturday after U.S.-mediated talks failed to bridge differences with management over pay, scheduling and benefits. The strike at Spirit was the first notable job action at a U.S. passenger airline since Northwest Airlines mechanics walked off the job in 2005. Northwest was acquired by Delta Air Lines Inc in 2008.

Spirit said the ALPA rejected an offer that amounted to compound average 29 percent pay rise and which would have cost the airline an additional $70 million over five years. The offer included a signing bonus and an increase in pilots’ 401K match by the company, according to a statement from Spirit.

Other airlines are capitalizing off Spirit’s customers, according to MarketWatch:

JetBlue overlaps with Spirit in eight markets from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the research firm. “Revenues captured from Spirit flying could provide modest upside,” analyst Daniel McKenzie said. JetBlue received an upgrade, but American parent AMR Corp. is likely to see the biggest benefit from the Spirit strike: the legacy carrier shares 32 markets with the tiny carrier, (one analyst) said.

Spirit is offering a full flight credit plus an additional $100 credit for anyone whose flights have been canceled.

  • James Bianchini

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  • jim

    How do I get this $100 voucher for my canceled flight? There is no info on SPIRIT’s website about this, and I get no reply from several emails to customer service.

  • Nancy C Remus

    I have tried to contact Spirit Airlines several times concerning my June 14Th, 2010 7:30 AM flight to FLL. I wasn’t sure if it was cancelled. So not to miss my flight, I left where I was visiting and checked into a hotel near the air port. I was up early to drop off my rental car, where I took a shuttle to the air port. They said the strike was still on. I could not believe it. I never received a call on my cell phone or an e-mail stating my flight was cancelled, this is unforgivable.
    I was given a number for a refund. No printed copy of profe, the lady refused to make a reservation for me on Delta, which she told me to go to. I made a reservation on Delta black phone, but could not get a printed ticket. I had no computer resourse. I could not get into the main part of the airport with out a ticket. I did not have enough money to rent a hotel room. I had to handle two carry ons. I rested from 12 noon on June 14Th until my flight June 15Th in a chairs in immegration and ticket floors. I became very confused from exhausion. At the age of 65 years old, I was totally exhausted. I am more disapointed with your service and your desk personel, then angry.
    How do I get my vouchure? June 17Th, I will call the number I found in a newspaper.
    Thank you for your response by phone and e-mail.
    Sincerly Yours,
    Nancy Remus
    C-phone 954-482-2331