Following the removal of certain aircraft from operation for inspections on Friday, Spirit Airlines cancelled roughly 100 flights.
The airline anticipates that the delays will continue for a few days. When asked for more information, Spirit remained silent and did not specify the nature of the inspections.
According to tracking firm FlightAware, by Friday afternoon, Spirit had canceled 11% of its scheduled flights for the day, easily the biggest number among major U.S. airlines.
Spirit announced in a statement that “we’ve cancelled a portion of our scheduled flights to perform a necessary inspection of a small section of 25 of our aircraft.” “As we complete the inspections and work to resume normal operations, the impact on our network is anticipated to last several days.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that it was aware of Spirit’s decision to remove the aircraft from service for a “mandatory maintenance inspection,” but it did not provide any other information about the inspections. According to a business regulatory filing, Spirit possessed 198 airplanes as of June 30. All of them were variations of the Airbus A320 family.
Before arriving at the airport, passengers were advised by the airline to check the status of their flight. Spirit, Florida’s second-largest carrier, had around half of its cancellations at Orlando International Airport.
More than 3,600 flights, or 1.5% of Spirit’s schedule, have been canceled this year, according to the Florida-based airline.
That is less than the rates for JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, and Frontier Airlines, two similarly priced airlines, which are 2% and 4%, respectively.