Release #: SPA 23.01
January 10, 2023

Spirit Pilots Ratify Tentative Agreement

FT. LAUDERDALE—Spirit Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted today to ratify a tentative agreement (TA) reached with Spirit Airlines Inc. Out of the 2,326 eligible pilots who voted, 69 percent voted in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement. The two-year deal represents an economic gain of $463 million or 27 percent over the next two years, with zero concessions.

“This TA not only offers the financial gains our pilots need today, but also creates a stronger bargaining position for Spirit Airlines pilots at our next step, either in the merger process with JetBlue or in comprehensive negotiations with Spirit Airlines as a stand-alone carrier,” said Spirit’s Master Executive Council chair Capt. Ryan Muller. 

The agreement is effective retroactively to Jan. 1, 2023. If the JetBlue–Spirit merger does not gain regulatory approval or is otherwise abandoned, Spirit pilots will immediately reenter Section 6 negotiations with Spirit Airlines management.

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