After 5 Days of Massive Cancellations, Spirit Airlines CEO Issues Apology

By Paul Riegler on 6 August 2021
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The CEO of Spirit Airlines, whose airline cancelled 56% of its flights on Thursday, issued an apology for what had become five days of flight delays and cancellations.

“All I can say is we’re very sorry for what’s happened,” the CEO, Ted Christie, told reporters. “This is a gut punch to everyone.”

Without citing the exact figures, Christie said that “tens or hundreds of thousands” of passengers have been affected.

The low-cost carrier has cancelled over 1,700 flights since Sunday including 450 on Thursday, some 56%, according to FlightAware, a service that tracks such information.  On Friday, it already cancelled 260 flights – or 34% – as of 10 a.m. EDT.

The airline cancelled 61% of its flights on Tuesday and 60% on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Christie said to expect high numbers of cancellations for the next few days as the airline continues to try to get the problems under control.

He said that the airline wasn’t initially aggressive enough in cancelling flights last weekend when the issues first surfaced.  Instead, the airline tried to keep flights operating but that only exacerbated the issue.

“We couldn’t get in front of it,” he said.

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