USA Today reports:
Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie publicly addressed this week’s operational meltdown for the first time today, blaming the more than 1,700 flight cancellations on a variety of factors that left it short on pilots and flight attendants as August began.
Bad weather at the end of July, a time when flight crews start to run out of eligible hours to work, caused cancellations and “tipped us over,” he said. Pilots and flight attendants timed out, leaving the airline with no slack in its system and forcing cancellations.
The bad news for Spirit passengers: the mess isn’t over. Christie said the airline will continue to cancel a large number of flights “over the next few days,” with the goal of reducing the number of cancellations heading into next week.
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Spirit Airlines has already canceled a third of today’s flights and its CEO says more cancellations are expected through the weekend. https://t.co/dkNf4xm9uG
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