Chaos erupts at Fort Lauderdale airport after 300 Spirit flights canceled
For fliers, if you’re not braving long lines and skyrocketing ticket prices, you seem to take a chance at getting booted off your overcrowded flights. Now, Spirit Airlines is being added to the ever-growing list of companies that are causing chaos at airports.
According to ABC News, fights broke out at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport overnight on Monday after Spirit Airlines canceled several flights. After hours-long delays, passengers were seen verbally and physically assaulting one another. According to NBC News, at least three arrests were made.
Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry said in a statement that the canceled flights were a result of “unlawful labor activity by some Spirit pilots designed to disrupt Spirit operations for our customers,” and that, “these pilots have put their quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations and the safety of their fellow Spirit Team Members.”
Spirit Airlines has had to cancel at least 300 flights since the beginning of May, according to CNN. Due to the slow-down, the airline has filed a lawsuit against the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA).
Capt. Stuart Morrison, chairman of the Spirit unit of ALPA, said in a statement, pilots “are not prepared to embark on the fool's errand of accepting substandard pay and retirement based on the unenforceable hypothesis that the Company may grow more quickly.”
The dispute is expected to continue over the next several days. “ALPA and the Spirit pilots are continuing to do everything possible to help restore the company's operations” a spokesperson told CNN.
Until the dispute is settled, be careful before flying the friendly skies.