Spirit Airlines reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) late Wednesday, effectively ending the strike that left its aircraft carriers (and thousands of passengers) grounded for the past week. Flights are officially set to resume June 18. Customers can reconfirm their flights at Spiritair.com.
The airline and the ALPA have not released the official terms of their new contract agreement. However, the ALPA did say that the new agreement improves pay, benefits and work rules that recognize and reward the pilots’ contributions to the company’s success.
“Our leadership strongly believes that this is the fair and affordable agreement that our pilots asked for back in 2007 when we started negotiations with the company,” Capt. Sean Creed, leader of the Spirit unit of ALPA said in a press release. “Thanks to the efforts of our negotiators and the support of our international union, we were able to reach a fair and equitable agreement.”
The Spirit strike started early Saturday morning when approximately 450 pilots walked off of the job early after four years of contract negotiations failed to address wage concerns. These pilots have agreed to come back to work while the new contract agreement awaits final ratification from the pilot membership board in July.
“We are excited to be back flying with low fares for our customers,” Ben Baldanza, President and CEO of Spirit, said in a press release. “Our pilots worked hard to get a mutually favorable deal that allows the Company to grow while improving their wages and benefits. We apologize to those of our customers whose travel was disrupted as a result of the strike and look forward to earning back their trust with ultra-low fares, great service, and the best pilots in the sky.”
In light of the strike, Spirit Airlines is offering all potential customers a coupon for $50 off travel from June 18 through Nov. 17 and 5,000 bonus miles. Customers have to take advantage of this offer by 11:59 p.m. on June 18 to receive the discount.