Hundreds of Spirit Airlines flights canceled despite rising volume of passengers
Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie reports on how weather system outages and staff shortages are causing flight cancellations.
Spirit Airlines is still trying to rebound from weather challenges, system outages and labor shortages, which has so far resulted in weeks of travel disruptions for thousands of passengers around the nation.
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The reason why it's taking so long for the budget carrier to get back on track is because of its size and relationship with competing carriers, former Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza told FOX Business.
"American might fly five times a day between two cities," meaning the airline "could cancel one trip and re-accommodate on the other four," Baldanza said.
Spirit, which "mostly flies only one trip a day between every city," doesn't have that same luxury, Baldanza said.
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In fact, some routes don't even fly every day, he added.
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Another issue is that the carrier doesn't have an option to "re-accommodate them [passengers] on a competing carrier" as easily as other airlines.
"If Delta cancels a flight, and American has a flight at a similar time, Delta and American have a relationship such that Delta could send their customers to American," Baldanza said.