Spirit Airlines

ATLANTA — Southwest Airlines said it is buying AirTran Airlines for $1.4 billion. “Both companies have dedicated people with kindred Warrior Spirits, who care about each other, and who care about serving Customers. We will continue to enhance our award-winning Customer experiences and high-quality operations,” Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman,…

New legislation aims to increase transparency of hidden airline fees. U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said he introduced the “Airline Baggage Transparency and Accountability Act” in response to passengers’ concerns about hidden fees and mishandled baggage. In 2008 and 2009, airlines reported approximately $7.9 billion in revenues from baggage fees…

The federal government is taking note of the fees that airlines charge for checked bags and other services, and additional regulations of — and federal tax revenue from — these fees could soon follow. “Travelers often experience difficulty understanding what airlines charge since fees are not printed on boarding passes, are not…

ATLANTA – Spirit Airlines is set to return to the friendly skies. On its website, the airline said it will resume flights on Friday after it reached an agreement with its striking pilots. The airline did not provide additional details about the agreement. According to the Air Line Pilots Association,…

ATLANTA – Spirit Airlines has canceled all flights through Thursday because of a pilots strike. Spirit Airlines, which serves Atlanta, said it “is processing future flight credits for customers for the full amount of their unflown flight purchase, and is also giving them a $100 future flight credit.” The airline…

Democratic senators have introduced legislation aimed at stopping airlines from charging travelers for carry-on bags by closing what they call a “tax loophole” that allows airlines to avoid paying taxes on fees for non-essential services. The “Block Airlines’ Gratuitous (BAG) Fees Act” follows last week’s announcement from low-cost carrier Spirit…