Spirit Airline Says Pilot Strike Won't Stop Flights

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Spirit Airlines says it will keep flying even if its pilots go on strike Saturday.

A spokeswoman told The Associated Press the airline is "partnering with other air carrier providers" to continue service to its customers. She did not provide details on how much of Spirit's schedule the carrier would maintain in the event of a strike.

Spirit is in the midst of contract negotiations with its pilots over pay and work rules. A 30-day "cooling off period" mandated by federal law ends at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, after which pilots are free to strike, AP reports. Talks are ongoing in Washington, and being monitored by the National Mediation Board.

The Florida-based airline operates 150 flights per day, including from the eastern U.S. to Latin America.

Sean Creed, a Spirit captain and head of the Air Line Pilots Association unit, told AP he doubted the carrier would be able to keep its promise to accommodate passengers, especially since they are not giving specifics on the plan to keep operating.

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