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Florida Gets Huge Spirit Expansion: 20 New Seasonal Flights

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Florida Gets Huge Spirit Expansion: 20 New Seasonal Flights

Florida Gets Huge Spirit Expansion: 20 New Seasonal Flights
November 08
16:30 2018

MIAMI — Fort Lauderdale-based Ultra Low Cost Carrier, Spirit Airlines, has launched a massive winter expansion out of the sunshine state today, with 20 new seasonal routes.

According to the airline, 19 of these services launched today and will be operational until May 2 next year. The last new route will launch on December 21.

These routes bring the total daily Florida services from 116 to 178 routes, which also includes the addition of Jacksonville, which is the airline’s sixth destination in the Sunshine State.

Commenting on these new route launches was Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s VP of Network Planning, who emphasised about the connectivity on offer to its Floridian customers.

“These Florida routes provide additional seasonal service to some of our top leisure destinations just in time for the holidays,” he said. “Whether it’s escaping the winter temperatures or visiting family and friends, we provide our Guests the best service and lowest fares for Florida travel.”

Jacksonville services will launch to Michigan and Chicago from December 20 this year.

As for the 20 new services in question, Spirit’s updated schedule is shown below:

OriginDestinationsFrequency
Fort LauderdaleKansas City4x weekly
MinneapolisDaily
Fort MyersAkron-Canton4x weekly
BaltimoreDaily
Boston2x daily
ClevelandDaily
HartfordDaily
Latrobe4x weekly
MinneapolisDaily
PittsburghDaily
TampaAkron-Canton4x weekly
BostonDaily
ClevelandDaily
HartfordDaily
Latrobe4x weekly
MinneapolisDaily
PittsburghDaily
West Palm BeachAtlantic City & BostonDaily
Detroit (Launching Dec 21)4x weekly

This is quite a significant expansion for Spirit out of its home state. The past few months have seen quite an expansive strategy, especially with the airline’s Orlando crew base being inaugurated.

The carrier opened a brand new crew base for pilots and flight attendants at Orlando International Airport (MCO), creating 150 new jobs in Florida.

In Orlando alone, Spirit has served more than 22 million guests in its 25 years flying to that destination.

Moreover, the fact that the frequencies of these new routes are as low as four times weekly and as high as twice daily shows that there is a significant level of demand for the airline to exploit, even at launch day.

It will be interesting to see what the load factors and passenger numbers will be like and whether we can see an upgrade on any of the weekly/once daily flights. 

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James Field

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James is a passionate AvGeek based in Manchester, U.K who has been actively spotting for years. James is the European Correspondent for the magazine who has been actively trying to boost the presence in the continent.

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