ALPA Statement to Spirit Passengers

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Each day, the professional pilots of Spirit Airlines provide safe and
reliable transportation to tens of thousands of passengers.

Over the past week, Spirit experienced an abnormal number of flight
cancellations and delays, and we sincerely regret that our passengers
were inconvenienced. Since then, Spirit pilots have stepped up and
extended themselves to restore Spirit’s flight operations. Many pilots
flew extra flights to make sure our passengers could keep their travel
plans, make those vacation memories, be reunited with their families,
and attend weddings and funerals and celebrations.

We have every reason to believe our efforts have helped stabilize the
operations.

  • Our union leadership reached out to every Spirit pilot and encouraged
    them to pick up extra flying to the extent allowed under federal
    flight and duty time regulations. Pilots were standing by ready to
    step in quickly should a flight need them.
  • The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, which represents Spirit
    pilots, deployed volunteers to assist Spirit Airlines in assigning
    pilots to certain flights so your flights did not get canceled.
  • We continue to work with the Company to improve the reliability of the
    airline and assure coverage for upcoming flights.

As we enter the busy summer travel season, Spirit pilots will do
everything we can to keep our operations on track and get you to your
destinations and events on time.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world
and represents over 57,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines.

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