The pilots of Spirit Airlines (IATA code NK/NKS) went on strike yesterday and the airline cancelled all weekend flights. The airline is a privately-owned Ultra-Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) headquartered in Miramar, Florida, which operates an all-Airbus fleet of 31 aircraft (26 A319, 3 A320 plus more on order, and 2 A321). Spirit has a base—their name for a hub—at Fort Lauderdale, and still flies to 11 destinations from their original base at Detroit.
Spirit's domestic network serves 18 airports. With the exceptions of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Spirit's domestic network is east of the Mississippi River, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. West Palm Beach is served seasonally.
Spirit also operates an extensive international network with service to 22 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America from Fort Lauderdale, including seasonal service to Punta Cana and charter service for Club Med to San Salvador, Bahamas. In addition to the international flying from Fort Lauderdale, Spirit flies to Cancún from both Detroit and Chicago (O'Hare).
It is interesting to compare Spirit's Fort Lauderdale base to the hub operated by American Airlines at Miami which was featured several days ago.
Thanks to Mike Gofberg for providing information about Spirit Airlines!
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