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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 9:07 PM

Spirit Airlines passengers are left stranded as strike and negotiations continue

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Spirit Airlines travelers ask for refunds at the check-in counter at Detroit Metro Airport on June 15, 2010.
by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ROMULUS, Mich. -- It has been four days since Spirit Airlines pilots have been striking. Passengers are going nowhere anytime soon. Some travelers have been stuck at Detroit Metro Airport for days with no end in sight. All flights have been canceled through Thursday and that may be extended if a deal isn't reached.

Pilots are on strike over several issues including pay, scheduling, benefits and equal working conditions with other low-cost carriers. All of the Spirit’s 440 active pilots have been on strike since Saturday. None of their planes are going anywhere at this time. The two sides are meeting at the negotiation table right now, however no agreement has been reached.

The Air Line Pilots Association represents the pilots. They rejected an offer that equals a 29 percent pay increase, a signing bonus and a 401k match by Spirit. Senior captains would have received more than $200,000 per year if they would have accepted that offer.

“It is surprising to me that ALPA would turn down this generous offer that would have paid senior captains over $200,000 per year,” says Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ben Baldanza in a press release. “I am concerned that our employees are being used in a broader political game that may not be in the interest of their careers or their families. This deal should be about Spirit and Spirit only, not about the pilots whose contracts are under negotiation at other ALPA carriers, but it would appear other forces have intervened.”

Although Spirit Airlines pilots are still on strike, none were seen picketing today. They were unavailable to comment on this story.

Most passengers were so upset that they refused to speak with us. However, we were able to find one traveler from Windsor, Ont. who agreed to share her story.

"I actually came back today to receive a refund," said Nadia Barzotto, a Spirit passenger who will be making alternate plans. "I read online that you can receive either a refund or a credit with a voucher. I'm not sure of the situation so I'd rather get my refund for security reasons."

The big question is does Spirit Airlines have a spirit? The airline is not moving passengers to other airlines because it is a discounter and it doesn’t have any agreements with other air carriers. Travelers are stuck buying another plane ticket or just driving to reach their destination.

Spirit says customers who would like to get a refund can come to the airport or call 1-800-772-7117, but the line is very busy at the moment. Either way, travelers can get their money back or receive flight credits plus an additional $100 to be used towards another flight.

"I was going to Myrtle Beach and obviously been following the press release," Barzotto added. "I did not receive an e-mail. I found out just by speaking with friends, which worries me. I feel like I probably would have showed up that day and probably would have found out."

Spirit normally carries 16,000 passengers on its flights each day. The airline is based in Miramar, Florida. Its most popular destinations include Atlantic City, New Jersey and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

It could be several days before passengers reach their final destinations.

 

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Spirit Airlines flights are canceled on the arrivals monitor.

 

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Spirit Airlines pilots are on strike. However, none were seen picketing on June 15.

 

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Unhappy travelers wait in line for refunds at the Spirit Airlines check-in counter.

 

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A married couple shares a hug after finding out they can't be placed on another airline.

 

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An unhappy traveler shares some words with a Spirit Airlines employee.

 

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Passengers can receive a full refund or flight credits plus an additional $100 to be used towards another flight.

 

 

 

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