Spirit Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract

Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2023) — Spirit Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted to ratify a new contract. The deal increases base wages 10-27% immediately for 6,000 Flight Attendants, with most seeing in excess of a 40% pay increase in under 2 years. The contract is two years and eight months. 

“This contract will make an immediate difference in Spirit Flight Attendants’ lives,” said Jason Kachenmeister, AFA Spirit President. “While we navigate the proposed merger, Spirit Flight Attendants have locked in three raises, additional pay factor improvements, better rest on layovers, all while maintaining our healthcare insurance with no premium increases. We also achieved significant scheduling protections and additional pay when irregular operations cause cancellations or delays.”

The new scheduling protections will help Spirit Flight Attendants on days like yesterday as FLL flooded due to torrential rain

This contract was reached through regular negotiations under Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act. The contract was ratified with 75% voting for the agreement.

AFA continues to support the proposed JetBlue-Spirit merger for these reasons.


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 75 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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