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Thousands of Canceled flights after Rumored Pilot Vaccination Protest Strike

Spirit Airlines

While all of the airlines are denying its dues to a pilot strike, thousands of flights from Spirit and American Airlines throughout the country have been cancelled and currently thousands of people are stuck at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas after the industry was hit with mass flight cancellations.

While the airlines are quick to say it’s not an official strike, it could be a Walk Out or protest at the very least as reports of pilots simply walking off their flight minutes before takeoff have been circulating for the last three days.

Spirit Airlines sees third straight day of cancellations; American also struggling

Lines at LAS

Spirit Airlines canceled nearly half its schedule for Tuesday, and almost all of its Las Vegas flights for the third straight day.

American Airlines had canceled nearly 300 flights by early afternoon Tuesday. American’s difficulties Tuesday came after the airline canceled about 560 flights, or 18% of its schedule, on Monday and nearly 300 on Sunday.

According to Spirit Airlines, who has cancelled hundreds of flights  “There is no strike,” Spirit representative Field Sutton said in an email. “I’m aware of the rumor of a pilot strike, but it’s 100% false. We have a fantastic team of pilots working very hard during this busy travel season.”

In a statement to the press Monday, Spirit said the airlines issues stem from ‘operational challenges,’ but would not clarify further.

“We’re working around the clock to get back on track in the wake of some travel disruptions over the weekend due to a series of weather and operational challenges,” the statement reads. “We needed to make proactive cancellations to some flights across the network, but the majority of flights are still scheduled as planned.”

The union representing American’s pilots accused the airline’s management of poor planning and not having enough employees.

“It’s pretty simple. They don’t have enough pilots, and they don’t have modern scheduling practices to do more with what they have,” said union spokesman Dennis Tajer. He said that bad weather “hits every airline, but American is the last to recover. This has to change.”

Widespread anger has hit the industry over the last couple of months as airlines mandate vaccinations, and unruly passengers and fights have plagued the industry.

According to Flight Aware, 3,407 flights were cancelled yesterday.