Episode 517: The Fastest Growing, Least Popular Airline In America : Planet Money Spirit Airlines is one of America's fastest-growing airlines. It's also among the least popular airlines in America. How can one airline be both things at once?
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Episode 517: The Fastest Growing, Least Popular Airline In America

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Episode 517: The Fastest Growing, Least Popular Airline In America

Episode 517: The Fastest Growing, Least Popular Airline In America

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Spirit Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport on June 14, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by )
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Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in February 2014.

It's cheap to fly on Spirit Airlines, but you have to pay extra for perks. And by perks, we mean a bottle of water or space in the overhead bin.

It's totally rational: pay for what you use, don't pay for what you don't use. And it's increasingly popular: Spirit is the fastest growing airline in America.

And yet. Lots of people really don't like Spirit Airlines. In a Consumer Reports survey published in 2013, Spirit finished last among U.S. airlines.

How is the fastest growing airline also the least popular? On today's show, we fly Spirit Airlines to Florida and ask the CEO.

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