Spirit Airlines hit by pilots’ walk-out

City A.M. Reporter
A PILOTS’ strike at America’s Spirit Airlines has prompted the carrier to extend flight cancellations into the middle of the week.

Pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (Alpa) struck on Saturday after last-ditch talks with the discount carrier failed to bridge differences over pay. Florida-based Spirit said it would offer affected customers flight credits.

The turmoil came as British Airways (BA) edged towards settling a highly damaging dispute with its cabin workers’ union, Unite.

BA and Unite were last night locked in talks with Acas, the conciliation service, which proposed reinstating employees’ travel perks in return for a cancellation of July’s planned action.