Articles tagged “spirit airlines”

Spirit Airlines Is Betting on Its Recession-Resilient Low-Cost Model: Will It Work This Time?

Spirit Airlines Is Betting on Its Recession-Resilient Low-Cost Model: Will It Work This Time?

Korey Matthews, Skift

Low-cost airlines have been able to have some success in previous downturns. Will history repeat itself for Spirit?

2 weeks ago

Spirit Airlines Finds Even Cheap Fares Can’t Help Fill Airplanes

Spirit Airlines Finds Even Cheap Fares Can’t Help Fill Airplanes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines executives suspect their airline is well-positioned to win in a recovery. They're probably right, since low-cost options often thrive during a recession. But Spirit has to withstand the crisis first.

3 months ago

Delta, JetBlue and Spirit Want To Cut More Flights Despite Bailout Requirements

Delta, JetBlue and Spirit Want To Cut More Flights Despite Bailout Requirements

David Shepardson, Reuters

It would be nice if the Department of Transportation made it easier for airlines to cut routes. But when crafting the CARES Act, Congress sought to ensure smaller communities would retain air service, so the DOT is in a tough position. It doesn't want to flout the desires of Congress.

3 months ago

Why Are Airlines Adding So Many Random Connecting Flights? Blame the U.S. Relief Package

Why Are Airlines Adding So Many Random Connecting Flights? Blame the U.S. Relief Package

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines are reverting to old strategies, like so-called tag flights, to try to maintain service in an era of depressed demand. It is not a panacea, but it might help them conserve cash for a bit longer.

3 months ago

Why Discount Carriers Like Spirit and Frontier May Come Up Short in the U.S. Airline Bailout

Why Discount Carriers Like Spirit and Frontier May Come Up Short in the U.S. Airline Bailout

Brian Sumers, Skift

Ultra-low-cost carriers have gotten a raw deal from the U.S. governments bailout. There's no good reason these airlines should be forced to fly so many flights when demand is near zero.

4 months ago

U.S. Airlines Cut Flights as Many Corporations Limit Travel

U.S. Airlines Cut Flights as Many Corporations Limit Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Coronavirus is a disaster for U.S. airlines. Some executives compare its impact to the fallout after 9/11. The big question is how long will it last? Airlines hope the revenue dip will be short-term.

5 months ago

Spirit Airlines Shifts Growth Strategy From Adding New U.S. Cities

Spirit Airlines Shifts Growth Strategy From Adding New U.S. Cities

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines entered seven new markets last year. Don't look for that to happen again in 2020. The airline's network is reaching maturity.

6 months ago

Spirit Airlines Will Offer Comfier Seats — For Free

Spirit Airlines Will Offer Comfier Seats — For Free

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines is taking delivery of new aircraft, so this is an easy time for the airline to add more comfortable seats. The big question is will the airline pay to retrofit older jets to new standards? That's an expensive proposition, but it would show the airline is paying attention to passenger desires.

12 months ago

Sabre’s Deal With Spirit Underscores Its Airline Tech Rebound

Sabre’s Deal With Spirit Underscores Its Airline Tech Rebound

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Spirit's decision to buy more airline technology from Sabre signals two things. Sabre has overcome a sales slump. And Spirit is investing to cope with its growth.

12 months ago

Spirit Airlines’ On-Time Arrivals Plan Backfired When It Cut Corners

Spirit Airlines’ On-Time Arrivals Plan Backfired When It Cut Corners

Brian Sumers, Skift

Every airline executive knows how to improve on-time performance. But there's a problem. It's expensive, since airlines usually must add slack to the schedule. Eventually the costs add up so airlines reduce the slack, hoping reliability will hold steady. Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn't.

1 year ago

Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Isaac Carey, Skift

In many ways, the airline had a solid quarter, but some potential long-term issues are starting to emerge, casting doubt on future performance.

1 year ago

Spirit Airlines Makes a Turnaround and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Spirit Airlines Makes a Turnaround and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, Spirit Airlines gets revenue increases by charging extra for non-seat purchases, Southwest makes a smart business move to attract new customers, and American Airlines makes it clear Mesa Airlines had better start improving.

1 year ago