Spirit pilot compensation remains low, though company profit high

Spirit pilots, as represented by Air Line Pilots Association, Int´l (ALPA), responded to Spirit Airlines´ second-quarter adjusted pretax earnings of 17.9 percent, even as the company continues to compensate its pilots below market-rate wages.

This is the 28th straight quarter of profits for the company.

While Spirit Airlines´ profit margins continue to be among the industry leaders and the airline´s revenue trends continue to improve, Spirit pilots have been without a new contract for two years and remain some of the lowest-compensated pilots in the industry.

Since May, Spirit pilots have been working under a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued in the wake of the airline´s operational difficulties.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 57,000 pilots at 33 US and Canadian airlines.