Spirit Airlines, which has canceled more than 1,300 flights since Sunday as it grapples with a series of issues including technical outages and staff shortages, said on Wednesday that cancellations are expected to ease in the days to come as it restarts its operations.
Today does not appear to be Thursday.
The Florida-based carrier has already canceled 381 flights Thursday, or 48% of its scheduled flights, as of 9:40 a.m. EDT, according to flight tracker FlightAware.
It will be the fifth day in a row of frustration for low-cost airline passengers and comes as a busy summer travel weekend looms. Last weekend, the Transportation Security Administration reported the tracing of record numbers of people in the era of the pandemic.
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Spirit canceled more than 400 flights a day, or 60% of its operations, on Tuesday and Wednesday alone. Earlier in the week, the airline wasn’t the only one struggling. The much larger American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights as it struggled to recover from summer storms in Dallas / Fort Worth, which is home to its largest hub. American’s operations have since stabilized.
Spirit recommends that passengers check their email for up-to-date flight information and advises that travelers should check flight status before heading to the airport. Those in need of assistance are encouraged to use the new chat feature on the Spirit website.