MIAMI — Thursday morning, Spirit announced its plans to further grow its presence at Los Angeles International Airport just as it starts flying its first intra-California flights between Los Angeles and Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area today.
“We are extremely excited to have Spirit Airlines expand its low-fare service from Los Angeles International Airport,” said Deborah Flint, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports. “Today’s announcement further strengthens our strong relationship working with Spirit Airlines, giving our passengers more affordable options to travel and use our world-class facilities.”
As already reported, Spirit will launch new twice-daily flights between LA and Seattle in late-March; the ULCC will go against Alaska, Delta, United, and Virgin America who already operate flights on the route.
On March 25, Spirit will launch a daily round trip flight between LA and Portland; it will be joining Alaska, Delta, and Southwest on the route.
On April 8, Spirit will launch twice-daily roundtrip flights between LA and Phoenix; Spirit will go head to head with American, Delta, Southwest, and United on the new route. Additionally, Spirit will increase the number of flights between LA and Denver to two daily round trip flights.
About a week later, Spirit will launch one daily roundtrip flight from LA to Philadelphia and New Orleans; Spirit will end up going head to head with Delta, Southwest, and United to New Orleans and just American to Philadelphia.
“Spirit Airlines is thrilled to announce these new routes, showcasing our commitment to low fares in the Los Angeles market,” said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. “With new twice-daily service between LAX and Oakland/San Francisco Bay starting today followed by new service to Seattle-Tacoma announced just last week, and these new and expanded routes coming in spring 2016, we’ll be able to connect more customers on the west coast. Whether you’re visiting family or the great attractions these cities have to offer, Spirit Airlines allows many more travelers to fly to these great cities who previously could not afford it.”
Once it launches these new flights, Spirit will serve 18 cities nonstop from Los Angeles. Spirit already flies to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Oakland/San Francisco Bay.
Los Angeles does seem to be proving to be a strong market for Spirit. According to U.S. DOT data, the airline has had an average load factor of 89.55% for January through July 2015. Comparatively speaking, it has the highest load factor out of the major domestic airlines at LAX; American mainline has had an average load factor of 86.23%, Delta mainline at 88.45%, Southwest at 82.44%, and United mainline at 87.02% all during the same time period of January 2015 through July 2015.
Passenger numbers for Spirit at LAX also continue to climb quite strongly, especially as it added new destinations.