Fewer flights can­celed since judge’s or­der, Spirit says

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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.

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