MIRAMAR, Fla. (June 16, 2010) – Spirit Airlines and its pilots, represented by the Airline Pilots Association, International (ALPA) announced today that they reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The contract, which was unanimously recommended by the union’s leadership, is subject to ratification by the pilot membership which is planned for July.
Pending ratification, Spirit’s pilots are returning to work, and the airline will resume operations on Friday, June 18. Spirit recommends that customers reconfirm their flights at www.spiritair.com.
Spirit would like to thank the National Mediation Board, its pilots, employees and ALPA for their dedication throughout this process which has allowed the Company to reach a fair and equitable agreement that will ensure the long-term stability of the company, and allow Spirit to continue offering its customers ultra low fares.
“I am pleased that we were able to fashion a constructive solution to our differences that will allow us to resume serving our customers,” said Captain Sean Creed, head of the Spirit unit of ALPA.
“We are excited to be back flying with low fares for our customers,” said Ben Baldanza, President and CEO of Spirit. “Our pilots worked hard to get a mutually favorable deal that allows the Company to grow while improving their wages and benefits. We apologize to those of our customers whose travel was disrupted as a result of the strike and look forward to earning back their trust with ultra-low fares, great service, and the best pilots in the sky.”
To thank its customers for their support and loyalty, Spirit is offering customers a coupon for $50 off* their next flight and 5,000 FREE SPIRIT™ bonus miles**. Spirit is offering customers a coupon to save $50 off* their next round-trip purchase for travel from June 18, 2010 through November 17, 2010. Customers can visit http://www.spiritair.com/50off to accept their coupon and book their reservation by 11:59 PM ET on June 18, 2010, and http://www.spiritair.com/5kmiles for their 5,000 FREE SPIRIT™ bonus miles**.
Source: Spirit Airlines
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