MIAMI —Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is making Seattle its newest destination. Beginning in March, Spirit will offer two daily service to Los Angeles, while two additional flights to Las Vegas will start in April. Once the service begins, Spirit will fly nonstop to 19 cities from Las Vegas and to 14 from Los Angeles.
“It is a testament to the strengths of the Seattle market that a successful airline like Spirit made its decision to enter into Seattle and bring new ways of travel for our travelers,” said Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick in a press release.
“Seattle-Tacoma is the perfect new city to expand our growing network,” said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. The move takes place in a moment in which Seattle is experiencing a year growth in double digits. Year to date, passenger traffic is up 13.3 percent, that’s after 2014 which saw 7.7 percent growth over the previous year.
This growth is attributed to an increasingly presence of international carriers serving the city, besides an escalating battle between Alaska Airlines and Delta, which has spawned several new routes from the Emerald City.
Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit currently operates 78 Airbus A320 family aircraft, and serves over 50 routes across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.
“As we continue to grow, we’re going into new places where we can provide a new option, a low-priced option” Kopczak said.
Spirit has caught the attention of legacy carriers by its fast growth at major U.S. hub airports. Recently, American Airlines executives admitted that there are plans to introduce a new fare structure which will include no-frills options to compete. Delta already has such an offering in place.