Fewer flights canceled since judge’s order, Spirit says
Spirit Airlines says canceled flights have dropped sharply since a judge intervened in a dispute with the pilots’ union over an allegedwork slowdown.
Spirit canceled 300 flights the first week of May and blamed pilots, who it said refused overtime flying to pressure the airline in contract negotiations.
According to FlightAware, five flightswere cancelled through the late afternoon on Friday. In the three days through Thursday, Spirit canceled 12 flights. Airline spokesman Paul Berry said it appeared pilots were picking up extra flights.
The Air Line Pilots Association says its members helped stabilize the airline’s operation.
Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded by cancellations this month. In Fort Lauderdale, irate passengersswarmed a Spirit ticket counter; three peoplewere arrested.
On May 9, a federal judge ordered the union not to interfere with Spirit’s business.