December 8, 2022

Spirit Airlines expects flight cancellations to continue

Nearly half of Spirit Airlines flights were canceled on Thursday – and Friday will be the fifth day again – with hundreds of flights canceled throughout the week due to “operational challenges” and staff problems throwing the budget airline away. Out of sync.

Thursday canceled 446 flights or 56 percent of flights. According to FlightAware.

Ted Christie, president and CEO of Spirit Airlines, said the cancellation was due to the airline trying to recover itself after widespread “disruption”. Interview with ABC News.

“When we reach this breakdown, a lot of resources are needed to recover, we are not structured to deal with this breakdown and I think there is some learning in the staff that we can make a difference. We can deal with it,” he told ABC News.

Passengers line up at the Spirit Airlines Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Spirit Airlines canceled more than half of its schedule on August 5, 2021.
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“When we started canceling, our team was relocated all over the system. They were in the wrong places at the wrong time. We have to start rebuilding that puzzle together. Unfortunately, it will take a lot of time for our team to cancel the process of giving them that time deeper and deeper. We started, ”Christie continued.

“The good news is that now it’s finally starting to bear some fruit. We’re starting to turn the tide here, we’re starting to run our operation again, it’s still going to be canceled in the next few days, but we can start recreating the whole function, and then build from the tagwags we finally get for the week.”

Spirit Airlines flights
Spirit Airlines is expected to cancel its flights for the fifth day in a row.
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The airlines struggled Maintain employee positions After the loss of Covid-19 profits — the airlines received federal funding to avoid layoffs.

American Airlines seemed to be back on track After more fighting FlightAware said it would only cancel 1 percent of its flights on Thursday, with staff and other delays earlier this week.

Frustrated Spirit Airlines passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on August 3, 2021.
Frustrated Spirit Airlines passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on August 3, 2021.
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