Spirit Airlines is introducing 11 new non-stop routes in the next phase of the ultra low cost carrier’s expansion - including service to five new cities. To celebrate the expansion, Spirit is offering $9 introductory fares (each way based on round trip purchase) available today and tomorrow only at www.spiritair.com. Spirit also won accolades from impacted destinations who see Spirit’s expansion as a boost to travel.
Spirit’s Fort Lauderdale expansion includes non-stop service to the following five new markets:
• Plattsburgh, NY (serves Montreal, Canada) – four weekly non-stops starting January 14, 2011.
Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh is centrally positioned near Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Canada, offering upstate New Yorkers and Canadians easy access to ultra low fares throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
• Niagara Falls, NY (serves Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada) – three weekly non-stops starting January 27, 2011.
In addition to Niagara Falls being a tourist destination in itself, the Niagara Falls International Airport is also conveniently located near Buffalo, New York, and just across the border from Toronto, Canada, offering upstate New Yorkers and Canadians easy access to ultra low fares throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
• Latrobe, PA (serves greater Pittsburgh area) – four weekly non-stops starting February 12, 2011.
Located in southwestern Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.
• Charleston, WV – three weekly non-stops starting March 3, 2011.
State Capital serving all of West Virginia.
• Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – twice daily non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
In addition to the non-stop service, the new schedule provides two daily one-stop same aircraft options for customers traveling between Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas.
Spirit’s Myrtle Beach expansion includes non-stop service the following five new markets:
• Washington, DC (Reagan National/DCA, Washington’s close-in airport) – daily non-stop starting May 5, 2011.
• Plattsburgh, NY – four weekly non-stops May 5, 2011.
• Niagara Falls, NY – three weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
• Latrobe, PA – four weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
• Charleston, WV – three weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
Spirit started regular scheduled Myrtle Beach service in 1996 and currently offers on average 11 daily non-stop flights from Myrtle Beach to seven major destinations in peak season, including: Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, New York LaGuardia and Fort Lauderdale, as well as connections to more than 25 additional cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
“I commend Spirit Airlines for its continued commitment to our airport and to South Florida. By adding these new destinations it gives our passengers more ultra low fare choices,” said Kent George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department. “Thank you for helping make FLL the fastest growing airport in Florida and the fourth fastest in the country.”
“Every time Spirit adds service, it adds a smile to Fort Lauderdale,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our hometown airline has played a large part in our tourism success and we are delighted that they are continuing to grow and play an even larger role in our future growth.”
“It’s extremely exciting for us to have Spirit continue to invest in Myrtle Beach with these additional non-stop destinations,” said Michael La Pier, A.A.E., Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport. “This commitment is indicative of Myrtle Beach’s position as a world-class, value-driven destination with great appeal for airlines and visitors alike. Our community has worked extremely hard to increase air service and we are particularly excited to see daily service to Washington, D.C. via Reagan National. This will be a great benefit to our residents as well as provide more opportunity for increased tourism.”
“The availability of affordable transportation into the Myrtle Beach area is crucial to building our tourism economy and greatly enhances our ability to market in challenging economic times,” said Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB. “We’re very pleased to see Spirit Airlines expand non-stop air service into Myrtle Beach International Airport while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with low fare options.”
“Spirit’s decision to add service to five new markets, including the nation’s capital, is a testament to the appeal of Myrtle Beach, and the success we’ve had partnering with Spirit in the past,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “With daily service out of Washington, D.C., there will be daily, non-stop flights to Myrtle Beach from every major city in the Northeast. We look forward to a record number of golf bags coming through Myrtle Beach International Airport next year."