Spirit reaches tentative deal with flight attendants union

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Miramar, Florida-based Spirit Airlines has come to a tentative agreement on a five-year contract with its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).

The agreement, reached following assistance by the National Mediation Board, will be put to a vote by the flight attendants, expected to be in the fourth quarter.

"We're very pleased to have agreed on a tentative agreement that recognizes the contributions of our flight attendants, who play a key role in providing safe, reliable, friendly service to our customers," says John Bendoraitis, Spirit's chief operating officer.

AFA represents almost 1,400 flight attendants at the airline.

"The outstanding contributions by Spirit flight attendants have been a big part of the success of our airline," says Todd St. Pierre, AFA president at Spirit. "Through the unwavering support of Spirit flight attendants, our union was able to achieve substantial gains. Our voice has been heard."

The airline's flight attendants earlier rejected a tentative agreement in February.