Spirit Airlines pilots to picket at LaGuardia


Pilots at Spirit Airlines plan to picket at LaGuardia International Airport tomorrow, just a few days after the company said it would start a direct route from Detroit to Atlantic City.

The Air Line Pilots Association will conduct the protest at LaGuardia, which the union claims is one of the most profitable hubs for Spirit.

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Picketing is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Central Terminal B in Queens, N.Y.

“This company made over $100 million in 2009 and continues to expand. Yet, they’ll tell you that they need substantial concessions from the pilot group,” said Capt. Sean Creed. “Those two facts just don’t go together. This company needs to stop pleading poverty while eating caviar—because without a contract, on June 12, this pilot group will strike.”

The low-cost airline started service between the seaside resort and Detroit last Friday. The daily service will last until Nov. 10. It will resume again next spring.