Spirit Airlines: Flights resume Friday

ATLANTA – Spirit Airlines is set to return to the friendly skies.

On its website, the airline said it will resume flights on Friday after it reached an agreement with its striking pilots. The airline did not provide additional details about the agreement.

According to the Air Line Pilots Association, Spirit’s pilots “have been working at below-market rates for years, and under substandard work rules.” The strike followed four years of negotiations, according to the association.

The airline, however, previously said it offered pilots a number of concessions, including a pay increase.

“We are frustrated and disappointed that our pilots have turned down an over 30 percent increase at a cost of over $70 million over five years while disrupting thousands of our customers and jeopardizing the livelihoods of our over 2,000 employees,” Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ben Baldanza said in a Saturday statement.

Earlier this year, Spirit Airlines, which serves the Atlanta area, made headlines when it announced it will charge travelers for their carry-on bags.

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