US low cost carrier Spirit saw its adjusted pre-tax earnings increased 15.3 percent year over year in 2019, according to its Q4 and full year earnings report. For the fourth quarter 2019, total GAAP operating expenses increased 16.3 percent year over year to $845.2 million.  Adjusted operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2019 increased 16.1 percent year over year to $840.2 million4. Primary drivers of the increase in adjusted operating expense compared to the fourth quarter last year include increased flight volume and higher ground handling rates. For the fourth quarter 2019, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $969.8 million, an increase

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