Spirit Completes Preliminary Investigation on Flight 403

Spirit Completes Preliminary Investigation on Flight 403

Spirit and Control Tower Had Not Been Advised of Parked Aircraft

MIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE)
said today that it has completed its preliminary internal investigation into
the incident on the night of December 31, 2012 involving Spirit Airlines
flight 403 traveling from Atlanta and landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport (FLL). Following landing, air traffic control instructed
the pilot to taxi to the gate using taxiway T. While taxiing, the Spirit
Airbus A320 made contact with a parked US Airways A320 aircraft. Spirit was
not advised by air traffic control of the presence of the other aircraft. As
part of Spirit's investigation, Spirit has been informed by officials that the
control tower had also not been advised that the other A320 was parked in such
close proximity to an active taxiway.

In addition, Spirit Airlines has advised the National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) and they will not be investigating given the minor nature of the

Customers deplaned at the gate as normal and there were no injuries. There
were 167 customers on board. Spirit's aircraft was returned to service within
hours following minor repairs.

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by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee,
allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This
innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic
activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and
other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors,
making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit's
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         Misty Pinson
         Director, Corporate Communications
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         Manuel Jaquez
         Senior Manager Commercial - Latin America

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