Spirit pilots warn passengers about upcoming bookings

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Pilots at Spirit Airlines are warning passengers that an ongoing labour dispute with management could threaten their travel plans during the busy US summer season.

The pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have placed billboards at Spirit's three major airport hubs alerting passengers to confirm their reservations with the airline before flying.

"Any strike has the potential to disrupt plans," says Sean Creed, leader of ALPA unit at Spirit. "We do not want to strike, but if we do, we want our customers to be aware of what may be coming and to make their plans accordingly."

Spirit pilots have been in contract negotiations for three years, and last week entered in a 30-day cooling off period that expires 12 June. If a contract is not reached by then, the pilots say they plan to strike.