Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for route authority to start scheduled passenger service between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Cancun, Toluca and San Jose del Cabo. If approved, which is expected, Spirit will compete against United Airlines and AeroMexico.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N611NK (msn 4996) arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).
Spirit Airlines‘ (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced a tentative agreement with management on a new contract. According to the union, the agreement “includes immediate economic improvements, as well as protection of industry-leading healthcare and key quality of life provisions. The agreement, reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB), would cover the nearly 1,400 flight attendants and more as the airline continues to grow.”
Terms of the agreement were unanimously approved by AFA’s Spirit Airlines leadership, will now be sent to the membership for ratification. The leadership unanimously recommends a vote in favor of the agreement. Voting instructions will be mailed on September 10 and the results of electronic balloting will be announced immediately following the vote close on October 1 at Noon Eastern Time. Full details of the tentative agreement will not be made public until the Spirit AFA membership has had an opportunity to review the terms.
According to the union, “This deal follows the overwhelming rejection of an earlier management offer by the union’s membership. The union re-tooled its proposals based on the members’ feedback following that earlier vote, incorporated changes to reflect that membership input and pressed management for substantial economic improvements. AFA credited the NMB’s Senior Mediator Pat Sims and Mediator Mike Tosi with guiding the negotiations to a successful conclusion.”
Spirit Airlines issued this statement:
Spirit Airlines and its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced that they reached a tentative agreement for a five-year contract. The tentative agreement, which is subject to ratification by the flight attendant membership, planned for fourth quarter 2014, was unanimously supported by the union’s leadership. The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.
“We’re very pleased to have agreed on a tentative agreement that recognizes the contributions of our flight attendants, who play a key role in providing safe, reliable, friendly service to our customers,” said John Bendoraitis, Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer. “I want to thank the National Mediation Board, AFA leadership and the negotiating committees for helping us reach a mutually favorable agreement. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with our AFA partners and Spirit flight attendants.”
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N611NK (msn 4996) lands at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that it is adding daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting February 14, 2012.
The flight will also operate as new one-stop continuation service via Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) as DFW-IAH-MCO and MCO-IAH-DFW, complementing Spirit’s existing nonstop service between DFW and Orlando.
Spirit introduced its ultra low fare service to Houstonians in September with twice daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, and started daily nonstop service from Houston to both Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas in October. Spirit offers connections from Houston to 12 destinations throughout the Americas, including Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Oakland, Mesa, Portland (Oregon), Tampa, and Toluca.
Spirit offers Orlando customers nonstop service to Atlantic City, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and now Houston.
In other news, Spirit Airlines also announced it is adding nonstop service between Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Denver International Airport (DEN) starting on February 14, 2012.
Initial service will operate daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and increase to daily service on March 1, 2013.
Spirit started service at Denver International Airport in May 2012 and currently offers nonstop daily service to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Mesa.
Spirit currently offers nonstop daily service from Detroit to Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, New York LaGuardia, Orlando and Tampa.
Additionally, Spirit Airlines has moved up the start date for its new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia and between Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The new daily nonstop service for both flights begins on April 4, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Airbus A320-232 N611NK (msn 4996) lands at Baltimore/Washington.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues to add new routes from Dallas/Fort Worth, the mega hub of bankrupt American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). Spirit will start twice-daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on September 20, 2012.
The ultra low-fare airline issued the following statement today:
“Spirit Airlines is celebrating Independence Day by liberating Houston travelers from high fares. The carrier today announced that it is introducing its popular ultra low fares to customers traveling between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Twice daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport begins September 20, 2012, with connections available to six destinations throughout the Americas, including, Baltimore/Washington, Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Toluca/Mexico City, and Portland, Oregon.”