FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Airline passengers have expressed frustration with Spirit Airlines after several flights were delayed or canceled on Sunday morning.
It was reminiscent of something that had happened once before, 11 years ago Spirit Airlines pilots quit their jobs in a pay dispute.
This is not the case this time, however.
Passengers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told Local 10 News’ Madeleine Wright on Sunday that the pilots were on strike again, as were the flight attendants.
It is not clear where exactly the passengers got this idea.
Responding to a request for comment, Spirit Airlines told Local 10 News that no one was on strike.
The airline, however, did not specify the cause of the delays and cancellations.
The Air Line Pilots Association also told Local 10 News that there was no strike with Spirit Airlines.
The airport also sent Local 10 News this statement:
“We are aware of some flight disruptions today for Spirit Airlines at FLL and our airport operations team are assisting travelers where possible. As this is an airline issue, Spirit will need to provide more details on the causes and number of flights impacted today, but the airline’s first word is that it is not due to a pilots / crews strike.
Meanwhile, passengers were stuck in a huge queue to speak to Spirit representatives on Sunday morning as they rushed to rebook their flights.
Bill Chambers was scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale for Philadelphia on Saturday night, but was unable to.
“First they delayed it for an hour, then it was delayed for a second hour, then it was canceled for us,” Chambers explained. “And it was a mad rush. It was as if everyone was running to the wickets.
One of the people waiting at the box office was Sandra Yepes.
She was due to arrive in Denver at 9 p.m. on Saturday, but 12 hours later she’s still stranded in South Florida.
“We hear that the Spirit crew, flight attendants and pilots are on strike, so they don’t have a crew to send us somewhere,” Yepes said.
It is not known how many flights are affected, but the FLL notice board showed 13 delayed or canceled Spirit Airlines flights.
“I haven’t reached a window yet,” Chambers said. “It’s been a while since I started racing. Go to that line, go to that line.
Staff ask for patience as they arrange for passengers to get to their final destination.
Yepes changed her flight to United so she could get to Denver faster.
“But the problem is that buying tickets at the last minute is not easy and they are very expensive, like three times more expensive than a week ago,” she said. declared.
Currently, for some passengers, it seems that all options are on the table.
“I’m thinking of the train,” Chambers said.
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