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Spirit Airlines Warns Consumers of USDOT's New Mandate to HIDE Taxes in Airfares

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spirit Airlines Warns Consumers of USDOT's New Mandate to HIDE Taxes in Airfares12:10 EST Tuesday, January 24, 2012MIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines has a launched a campaign to warn consumers about the U.S. Department of Transportation's latest fare rules that go into effect this week. Spirit and other airlines are now mandated to HIDE the government's taxes and fees in fares. "We believe that the better form of transparency is to break out costs so customers know exactly what they are buying," says Spirit's President and CEO Ben Baldanza. "Spirit believes customers have a right to know how much of their fare goes toward government taxes and fees rather than hiding it in the fare." "If the government can hide taxes in consumer's airfares – which they are mandating us to do starting this week – then they can quietly carry out their hidden agenda and increase the taxes consumers bear," adds Baldanza. Spirit is aware that some policy makers are considering increasing the Federal Excise Tax on air travelers and airlines and doubling several other governmental fees. Another proposal under consideration would add a new $35 takeoff tax to every ticket. Since these taxes and fees must now be HIDDEN in fares, this frees policymakers to quietly move forward with their planned increases in hopes that consumers will not see what they're doing. Suppressing air travel through higher taxes has direct and far-reaching negative implications for the nation's economic health and the unemployment rate. Nationally, the airline industry is an important catalyst for economic activity. Each airline traveler spends money far beyond the cost of the airline ticket, and millions of jobs are supported by airline travelers. Spirit is calling on airline customers, governmental leaders, policy makers, taxi drivers, hotel operators, cruise line personnel, restaurant employees, travel agents, tour operators, and others who would be directly harmed by an increased tax burden on travelers to join us in our efforts to keep airline user taxes low. Learn more by visiting www.KeepMyFaresLow.org. On this site visitors can learn more about how to help stop this injustice and keep government taxes and fees low and transparent.About Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel 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 all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 175 daily flights to over 45 destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com. MEDIA NOTE: Spirit aircraft photos and video b-roll are available in the press room section of spirit.com at http://www.spirit.com/Pressrelease.aspx. The Spirit Airlines logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=9737CONTACT: Media Contacts: Misty Pinson Director, Corporate Communications misty.pinson@spirit.com 954-628-4827/cell 954-918-9432 Manuel Jaquez Senior Manager Commercial - Latin America manuel.jaquez@spirit.com 954-628-4898