On Saturday 12th June 2010, Spirit Airline pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), went on strike in protest at pay and conditions at the low-cost airline. The strike continued into Sunday 13th June 2010 causing disruption for passengers in the USA, Caribbean and Latin America.
In its defence, Spirit Airlines issued a statement claiming to have offered a new pay package worth $70 million. Under the proposed deal pilots would have retained a four-day off break between each and every trip and a $3,000 signing bonus.
Captain John Prater, president of ALPA, explained the position of the striking pilots:
“Every one of the 53,000 pilots of ALPA stands with them as they go on strike. As pilots, our livelihood is in the air—not on the picket line—but the inability of Spirit management to negotiate a contract that adequately compensates our professional members has created this dispute.
Spirit Airlines flights were cancelled for Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 2010 affecting around 300 flights. Over 400 pilots are on strike.
For those customers whose flights were cancelled, Spirit is processing a credit for the full amount of the flight, as well as providing a $100 future flight credit. Alternatively, refunds are available by calling 1 (800) 772-7117.
Customers who made their reservation prior to May 11, 2010 directly with Spirit and purchased travel insurance should call Travel Guard at 866-877-3191 if their flight has been cancelled.