Over 30 more Spirit Airlines flights canceled at MYR, passengers share frustrations
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Spirit Airlines customers endured another day of headaches at the Myrtle Beach International Airport on Friday.
The airline has canceled 34 total flights to and from Myrtle Beach from destinations including Chicago, Newark, Detroit, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Just one day before, Spirit Airlines canceled over half of their flights nationwide, including over 40 at MYR.
Spirit has also canceled a flight set to depart for Baltimore on Saturday. No other flights scheduled for Saturday have been impacted as of 7 p.m. Friday.
In total, the “no-frills” carrier has axed over 80 flights at MYR this week.
Passengers have been stranded across the county since Aug. 1 when the low-cost airline began canceling or delaying hundreds of flights, attributing the cancellations to “weather and operational challenges.”
Frontier Airlines also canceled some flights at MYR on Friday, only adding to frustrations felt by those looking to travel.
Some passengers want to know why the process of getting them re-booked on flights is taking so long.
“Today I called to make sure I was good to fly and they told me ‘Oh, your flight was canceled,” said Chris Woodin, who was stuck at the airport.
Airline industry analyst Bob Mann says when this type of chaos occurs, it can take some airlines quite some time to be fully operational again.
“But this is usually a multi-day exercise after a disruption like this,” he said.
Mann added the chaos could come at a big cost to the airlines.
“As far as Spirit is concerned, this is a really tragic turn of events for them from a reputation standpoint,” Mann said. “The result here is they are going to take a sizeable hit in reputational damage.”
If you have a flight with Spirit Airlines coming up, experts say the best thing to do is to just keep checking with the airline to make sure your flight is on schedule.
The Department of Transportation said travelers whose flights have been canceled are due for a refund.
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