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Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Date: January 16, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC – Spirit Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, have reached a tentative contract agreement with the airline.

“This past year and a half has been very difficult for those of us who work in the airline industry,” said Tara Swiderski, AFA Spirit Master Executive Council President. “I’m glad that we could work with the company to reach an agreement through these trying circumstances and provide the flight attendants with the security and voice at work that a legally binding contract provides.”

The tentative agreement on a first contract was reached January 15, more than two years after the flight attendants elected AFA as their union. Details of the tentative agreement will not be disclosed until the Spirit Airlines flight attendants have a chance to learn about and vote on the proposed contract. A simple majority of Spirit flight attendants must vote “yes” in order for the contract to ratify.

Spirit Airlines, a privately owned company, is headquartered in Miramar, Fla. and has bases in Detroit, Atlantic City, N.J. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

More than 50,000 flight attendants at 26 airlines -- including more than 600 flight attendants at Spirit -- join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. For more information, visit AFA’s website at www.afanet.org.

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