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UPDATE: Spirit Airlines and striking pilots resume talks



FORT LAUDERDALE (WKOW) -- Spirit Airlines and its striking pilots are in negotiations, trying to end a four-day walk-out.


Andy Nelson, vice chairman of the Spirit branch of the Air Line Pilots Association, says the meeting was originally intended as a chance to see if there was anything for the two sides to talk about. He says it has progressed to an exchange of proposals and full negotiations.


FT. LAUDERDALE (WKOW) -- Spirit Airlines and its pilots will resume negotiations Tuesday.

The National Mediation board asked both sides to meet in Fort Lauderdale. 

Pilot union officials say they'll stay on strike until there's a deal.

Spirit has canceled all flights through Wednesday.  Pilots walked off the job Saturday in a dispute over pay.


FT. LAUDERDALE (WKOW) -- Thousands of people are stranded across the country due to the strike by pilots of Spirit Airlines.

The pilots walked off the job Saturday.  The company canceled all flights through Tuesday.

The pilots turned down an offer than includes a 30 percent pay raise, four days off between trips and a $3,000 signing bonus. Pilots say they would still make 40 percent less than their peers.

Spirit is offering affected passengers a full refund, plus a $100 voucher, but some of the stranded say that is little consolation since they are paying top dollar to buy tickets last minute to reach their destinations or to return home.

Spirit advertises low-cost flights.  The airline flies to dozens of locations including Chicago and Detroit.

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