Friday witnessed the cancellation of more than 40 flights by Spirit Airlines at Orlando International Airport, as the carrier announced the need to inspect a few of its planes. This issue is expected to disrupt flight schedules for several days.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
“To conduct a required inspection of a small portion of our 25 aircraft, we have canceled a portion of our scheduled flights,” said Spirit in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel. “While this preventive measure is being implemented, significant disruptions to our network are anticipated for the next few days as we finalize inspections and strive to resume normal operations.”
No further details were given on the reasons behind the inspections and the specific types of aircraft affected. According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, 11% of scheduled flights were canceled by various airlines on Friday.
Spirit stated, “We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our passengers and are actively working towards assisting those affected. Passengers are advised to monitor their emails and check their flight status on Spirit.com or the Spirit Airlines app before heading to the airport.”
A crowd of passengers stood in line at a Spirit Airline ticketing counter following the cancellation of dozens of Spirit flights at Orlando International Airport due to necessary aircraft inspections. (Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel)
Spirit, a South Florida-based carrier, is the second-busiest airline at Orlando International. A look at the airport’s flight status website indicated that there were over 40 cancellations, distributed almost evenly between Spirit departures and arrivals at OIA.
The canceled flights affected travel between Orlando and various domestic cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, and Newark, as well as international destinations such as Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
Long queues quickly formed at Spirit customer service locations within the airport.