NYC-Bound Spirit Airlines Flight Diverted, Passengers Stranded
Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York were left stranded at Atlantic City International Airport on Sunday following a number of setbacks.
According to the PressofAtlanticCity.com, Flight 180 was delayed twice prior to departing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Sunday afternoon, and made it to New York only to be diverted south to Atlantic City, New Jersey, because of weather concerns.
The flight, which was carrying as many as 200 passengers, reached its destination around 4:30 p.m. ET but was forced to circle above LaGuardia Airport while waiting for permission to land. Permission never came and the flight, which was running low on fuel, was forced to divert to Atlantic City, where it landed around 6 p.m. ET.
Passengers later reboarded the flight only to have their hopes dashed shortly after when they were once again deplaned.
At about 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, a Spirit spokeswoman said that buses were en route to pick up the stranded passengers and take them to New York. However, passenger Mary Casas told PressofAtlanticCity.com that the buses wouldn't arrive until midnight.
Casas told reporters that rental cars were available at the airport for $166 plus tax. Nonetheless, passengers opting for that route faced a drive of more than two hours north to the Big Apple.
"I've never seen this happen with an airline before," Casas told the PressofAtlanticCity.com.
Sunday's ordeal comes less than two weeks after the airline was forced to cancel a flight after the scheduled crew had exceeded its federally mandated work limits.
"According to DOT statistics, Spirit is one of the industry leaders in canceling the fewest flights," said Spirit in a statement last month via the PressofAtlanticCity.com. "Unfortunately, on occasion circumstances beyond our control lead to the rare flight cancellation."
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