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Spirit Airways plans to open staff bases in Miami and Atlanta because it grows in opponents’ strongholds

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A Spirit Airways airplane at the tarmac on the Citadel Lauderdale-Hollywood Global Airport on February 07, 2022 in Citadel Lauderdale, Florida.

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Spirit Airways is making plans to open staff bases in Atlanta and Miami this yr, consistent with a observe despatched to flight attendants that their union despatched on Thursday.

The Miramar, Fla.-based bargain airline is putting in the brand new bases for pilots and flight attendants because it staffs as much as tackle larger opponents with sturdy holds on the ones airports, like Atlanta-based Delta Air Traces and American Airways, which is the dominant airline in Miami.

Spirit first introduced provider from Miami Global Airport remaining October and now has 30 nonstop routes from there, making it the second-biggest service on the airport, nonetheless a ways at the back of American Airways, which has greater than 300 day-to-day departures out of the airport this month.

Spirit and fellow price range service Frontier Airways remaining month introduced plans to merge into the rustic’s fifth-largest service. Spirit Airways spokesman mentioned the staff bases aren’t associated with the mix.

The brand new bases come after Spirit has been learning for months the best way to body of workers extra successfully after staff shortages contributed to greater than 2,000 flight cancellations in the course of remaining summer time.

Spirit, like different airways, has been scrambling to rent pilots, flight attendants and different body of workers to cater to the rebound in commute call for.

The airline mentioned it plans to have greater than 100 pilots and 200 flight attendants at every new base to start with. The observe to flight attendants mentioned the bases are anticipated to open in June.