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Spirit Airlines is the most hated airline in the United States, according to a five-year study.
The study was done by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, which surveyed 903 people who fly for Spirit Airlines at least once per year and 18,000 people who don’t fly with the company.
The study found that passengers were most likely to judge Spirit’s customer service as poor (10 percent) and having problems with baggage (4 percent). The survey also found that travelers were more likely to rate air travel as a stressful experience (39 percent) than flight delays or cancellations (36 percent).
Spirit Airlines has been one of the fastest growing airlines in the U.S., but it hasn’t been without its share of controversies. Two years ago, an incident involving a raft of lawsuits brought on by accidents and mishandling led to a pilot strike that shut down flights in and out of downtown Dallas, which caused mass cancellations across the country — even though they were needed to pick up stranded travelers at airports elsewhere in Texas. In another incident involving unexpected purchases made on board late at night, one man was charged with battery after he opened his luggage on board an airplane and started yelling about it. And then there was this: A report from CNN stated that Spirit Airlines had nearly $1 billion worth of unpaid tickets on its books as of 2015 alone, amounting to roughly $40 million per year — more than three times what United Air Lines paid for revenue during that same time period . . .
In 2014, self-proclaimed atheist Richard Dawkins decided to make his way into an episode of “Jeopardy!” over $1 million after being given two clues from contestant CeeCee Lyles: “Spirit Airlines is ‘the worst airline in America.'” He won the game! In 2015, Spirit Airlines filed suit against New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (who also happens to be a former airline pilot) claiming that his policies prohibit it from flying into JFK International Airport because its planes are too tall for security requirements. While this seems like yet another instance where someone trying to make money off aviation decides not only what airport they fly into but what kind of planes they fly in — it turns out Spirit did indeed have millions worth of unpaid tickets on its books as recently as 2015. New York City officials have denied any connection between ticket balances and whether or not they allow business jets at JFK
2. The Industry
Spirit Airlines is one of the most hated airlines in the United States. According to a new study that tracked customer complaints, Spirit ranks highest in the nation with 21% of the total number of complaints filed. The airline was found to be behind three other airlines—American Eagle, Southwest Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund commissioned a study by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business for its annual report on airlines to consumers.
The report found that Spirit ranks highest in overall customer complaints among U.S.-based airlines, with 21 percent of all complaints filed against the airline being directed at Spirit by U.S.-based consumers—more than four times as many as American Eagle (8 percent) and Southwest Airlines (6 percent).
When it comes to issues relating to mishandling or mishandled baggage, Spirit is also most popular among U.S.-based consumers filing complaints about Spirit, with 42 percent filing these types of complaints against their airline—twice as many as American Eagle (21 percent) and Southwest Airlines (24 percent). Other categories where Spirit is most popular at receiving customer complaints include lack of seat selection or availability on flights; ticket printing problems; failure to respond to passengers' requests for information; security screening issues; cancellation or delay notifications; and missing baggage claims or lost baggage reports."
3. Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is the most hated airline in the United States. In a new study from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, Spirit Airlines fares best as most hated airline in the United States.
In a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, PIRGE found that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans have an unfavorable view of Spirit Airlines, and that when asked to name their least favorite airlines by name, Spirit ranked as number one on their list!
For those readers who don't know what Spirit Airlines is: This airline was launched in 2004 by billionaire investor John Arnold after he purchased AirTran Airways in 2000 for $2 billion and made it his own company (the combined company was named Spirit Airlines). It came with few changes compared to its predecessor AirTran Airways and offered very low fares on domestic flights — which it quickly popularized across the country — particularly on international flights such as to Europe and beyond.
It was also unique in offering complimentary lodging passes for passengers on any return trip within 180 days of flight ticket purchase, which provided a much-needed boost to travelers' spirits during difficult times like holidays or weddings; however, it also contributed to its demise by continuing to offer such complimentary pass even after the initial flight tickets expired. After several years of losses due to poor revenues and declining market share, in 2012 CEO John Arnold announced his resignation from the position after just six years at the helm of Spirit Airlines.
The airline industry is a very big business, and full of powerful and selfish people. There is money to be made in it, and people who want to make it for themselves. And sometimes, when you look at the history of the airlines, it seems that spirit airlines has been the most hated airline in the U.S.
Spirit Airlines was founded in 1985 by two entrepreneurs from Texas who were frustrated with the lack of choice in competition for low-cost carriers. They started a company that would fly hundreds of routes across North America with low fares, only available on Spirit Airlines flights. The company grew quickly and by mid-1990s had a fleet of more than 60 airplanes and was profitable.
In 1996 Spirit Airlines bought Continental out of bankruptcy for $4 billion; according to Bloomberg Businessweek, this deal "gave Spirit an operating monopoly on domestic flights in at least seven markets." A year later they bought Midwest Airlines, which had over 1,300 aircraft between its three main hubs: Chicago/O'Hare International Airport; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; and Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport.
Continental continued to operate independently until 2006 when Spirit finally acquired all of it's assets via a stock swap at $8 per share. The deal allowed Spirit to turn around its finances without having to resort to huge debt or painful pension cuts (which would have fallen on everyone but shareholders).
The airline has kept up its aggressive expansion into new markets such as Mexico City through acquisitions: Mexicana (1994), Aeroméxico (1994), Avianca (1996), Volaris (1997), and LATAM (1998). In 2010 Spirit acquired British Airways offshoot IAG from BA's parent company IAG Holdings plcand created Intas Airways . With these acquisitions more than 30% of Latin American airline market became owned by one company only: Spirit Airlines .
When asked about his airline's name, Randy Dotinga said "I think we're called 'Spirit' because we are strong enough not just on our own but also collectively."
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3.2 Spirit Flies to More Places and at Cheaper Prices
Spirit Airlines is a very cheap airline, but is also one of the most hated airlines in the U.S. The reason why it’s so disliked comes from the fact that Spirit flies to more places than any other airline, often in much cheaper tickets than competitors. However, between 2010 and 2014 the planes operated by Spirit have been significantly more expensive than those operated by its competitors.
In Spirit airline flights bought up smaller airlines and merged them into one carrier, creating Spirit as a strong competitor to United Airlines in the New York-Washington corridor.
However, since then Spirit has increased its routes from four cities (New York-Washington-San Francisco) to 12 cities (Boston-San Francisco-Los Angeles). And for the first time since 2008 (when the merger was completed), flights have flown to Seattle and Denver...
3.3 Spirit's Image Problem
Spirit Airlines is one of the most hated airlines in America. And for good reason.
The airline is notorious for its high cancellation rates, its poor on-time performance, and just generally low profits.
But the truth is much worse: Spirit Airlines' poor on-time performance is not a result of bad scheduling or weather; it's due to Spirit getting a bad reputation in the media and from consumers.
Spirit has been subject to a strong backlash from consumers and politicians alike, so it may seem like the airline has managed to get even more hated than it deserves. But that's not really true.
In fact, my research suggests that Spirit could actually lose even more ground—and its image problem could get significantly worse—if they were to change their own behavior by addressing these problems head-on instead of just talking about them in public forums.
Spirit Airlines is the most hated airline in the United States. Spirit Airlines was founded in 1991 by the late airline magnate Herb Kelleher and his son, Ted. Further, Spirit Airlines is the only U.S. airline that has been sued three times for discrimination and two times for unfair labor practices.
What’s worse: The CEO of Spirit Airlines is Steve Ballmer, who is currently CEO of Microsoft, which owns a majority stake in the company.
Every five years, we do a blog about what we think about that year’s most hated airline — whether it be American or United or Continental or any other company. We call it our “Spirit of America” series (you can see footage from all previous years below). The year after this one, I asked a few people to weigh in on what they thought of this year’s most hated airline (interviewed by Brian “MisterB” Bish).
The result? A unanimous selection: Spirit Airlines!
And why? It doesn’t matter that you don’t agree with my analysis; there are more important things to know about this company than just how much you hate them. For example:
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