MIRAMAR, Fla., Dec. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) and its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced today that they reached a tentative agreement for a five-year contract. The tentative agreement, which is subject to ratification by the flight attendant membership, planned for first quarter 2014, was unanimously supported by the union's leadership. The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.
"We are pleased that we reached a mutually favorable agreement that recognizes our flight attendants for the great job they do every day for the company and our customers, while also supporting Spirit's continued growth," said Spirit Chief Operating Officer John Bendoraitis. "We look forward to working closely with our AFA partners and flight attendants to become the airline of choice for our customers and employer of choice for our team members."
"Throughout this process, Spirit flight attendants have stood together and were prepared to reach a new, improved contract that reflected our valuable work as first responders. The dedication and professionalism of flight attendants helps make Spirit a thriving and vibrant airline. We are an integral part of this airline and we believe that this tentative agreement recognizes our contributions to Spirit Airlines. It is now up to flight attendants to review the improvements and make a final decision through their vote," said Todd St. Pierre, AFA President at Spirit.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra-low base fares with a range of optional services, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit's all-Airbus fleet operates approximately 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.
About the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.spiritafa.com.
CONTACT: Spirit Airlines Media Contact: Misty Pinson Director, Corporate Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 954-628-4827 Spirit Airlines Investor Relations Contact DeAnne Gabel Director, Investor Relations InvestorRelations@spirit.com 954-447-7920 AFA Media Contact: Corey Caldwell email@example.com 202-434-0586
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