Thousands stranded as Spirit Airlines cancels 300 flights

Published on : Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Thousands of passengers were stranded today at the airports in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Houston, and San Juan in Puerto Rico, after Spirit Airlines cancelled or postpones nearly 300 flights. According to a statement by the airline, a series of weather and operational challenges have caused travel disruptions.

Passengers reported waiting hours in line for refunds and other customer service help at airports. Some stranded travelers camped out. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA released a statement, saying that “schedule month change over,” and IT outages, along with the weather, may have contributed to the operational collapse of Spirit Airlines.

US carriers have struggled to maintain staffing levels after COVID-19 decimated profits. Florida -based Spirit Airlines had canceled 261 flights and 120 flights had been delayed Monday as of 2:30 p.m. ET. Apparently, Spirit Airlines was far from the only airline to struggle yesterday and today. American Airlines also cancelled more than 500 flights and another 782 were delayed due to weekend storms and “operational challenges.”

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