Articles tagged “spirit airlines”

Budget Airlines Lead Fare Wars in the U.S. That Are ‘Painful’ to Legacy Rivals

Budget Airlines Lead Fare Wars in the U.S. That Are ‘Painful’ to Legacy Rivals

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

So much for "price discipline." United may lose money before Spirit loses money but big airlines may be better-situated to deal with the hit. At any rate, the battle is great news for consumers.

2 weeks ago

Spirit Airlines Wants to Win Back Customers by Being Nicer

Spirit Airlines Wants to Win Back Customers by Being Nicer

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines spent years angering customers with shoddy customer service. Now it wants those travelers to return, promising they'll find a kinder, gentler airline with an increased emphasis on on-time arrivals. But will they come back, or will they opt for deeply discounted fares from full-service airlines?

2 weeks ago

Low-Cost Spirit and Allegiant Struggle to Fly On Time

Low-Cost Spirit and Allegiant Struggle to Fly On Time

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Allegiant and Spirit are giving the absurd excuse that an airline can't be both low-cost and on-time. Wrong. In Europe, budget carrier Ryanair tops the rankings for on-time performance.

2 months ago

Spirit Airlines Has Trouble Ahead as Airfares Decline and Competition Increases

Spirit Airlines Has Trouble Ahead as Airfares Decline and Competition Increases

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Spirit Airlines is hurting after a mixed quarter, and the outlook isn't good for the rest of 2017. The company's leadership, however, remains undeterred from its current strategy.

2 months ago

Spirit Air Pilots Won’t Contest Judge’s Order Over Job Action

Spirit Air Pilots Won’t Contest Judge’s Order Over Job Action

Associated Press

We're not surprised the Air Line Pilots Association is not contesting the judge's order. Among all pilot unions, ALPA is considered the most sensible. The union likely had no appetite for a long-term court fight with Spirit.

4 months ago

Spirit Airlines Gets Support From Federal Court in Disagreement With Pilot Union

Spirit Airlines Gets Support From Federal Court in Disagreement With Pilot Union

Brian Sumers, Skift

The union said it will comply with the order. But does that mean Spirit flights will immediately start running on-time again? Probably not.

4 months ago

Spirit Air Sues Its Pilots Union After Airline Had to Cancel Hundreds of Flights

Spirit Air Sues Its Pilots Union After Airline Had to Cancel Hundreds of Flights

Brian Sumers, Skift

It has not been a good week for Spirit's operation. But airlines often prevail in cases like these, so on-time performance could improve soon.

4 months ago

Spirit Air CEO: ‘For a Very Long Period of Time We Didn’t Run a Good Airline’

Spirit Air CEO: ‘For a Very Long Period of Time We Didn’t Run a Good Airline’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Focusing on reliability and customer satisfaction is the right move for Spirit, provided it can do it without increasing costs significantly. The airline's brand is not in strong shape, and it needs to be rehabilitated.

5 months ago

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play.

5 months ago

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Associated Press

Many travel brands got excited about Cuba. But its tourism infrastructure still has a long ways to go to match the hopes tourists (and locals) have for it.

5 months ago

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

U.S. Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines Plans IPO

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's hard to consistently make money in the airline industry. But Indigo Partners, led by former America West Airlines CEO Bill Franke, has an excellent track record. Once again, he is poised to make a big profit after buying an airline cheaply and taking it public.

6 months ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

7 months ago