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Spirit Airlines pilots strike over pay raise


Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (WFLX) - "We can't get back. Buy your own ticket." Thousand of travelers are furious and frustrated, stranded at airports because flights are grounded. All of this is because of a pilot strike at Spirit Airlines on Friday.

The Fort Lauderdale based airline now says flights will remain grounded until at least Monday.

Spirit pilots walked off the job Saturday amid a more than three-year dispute. Pilots have said their pay lags behind competitors such as AirTran Airways and JetBlue. Spirit said no talks are scheduled with picketing pilots.

Meanwhile in Fort Lauderdale, stranded flyers say the airlines are not doing enough to help them out. "They're giving us a voucher for future spirit travel. I don't want the voucher." People who needed to replace their Spirit tickets found the cost of same-day fares on other airlines to be much higher.

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