MIAMI — Ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines is adding Kansas City to its route network, with service to five destinations beginning August 7th. On that date, Spirit will launch nonstop service from Kansas City to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Houston Bush. Each route will be served daily with flight schedules as follow:
|Kansas City — Chicago||3:28 PM||4:58 PM||660||0||Daily|
|Chicago — Kansas City||1:13 PM||2:48 PM||659||0||Daily|
|Kansas City — Dallas/Fort Worth||5:35 PM||7:02 PM||913||0||Daily|
|Dallas/Fort Worth — Kansas City||7:42 PM||9:10 PM||442||0||Daily|
|Kansas City — Detroit||12:05 PM||3:02 PM||816*||0||Daily|
|Detroit — Kansas City||3:50 PM||4:50pm||913||0||Daily|
|Kansas City — Las Vegas||9:55 PM||10:55pm||501||0||Daily|
|Las Vegas — Kansas City||1:00 AM||5:45 AM||520*||0||Daily|
|Kansas City — Houston||6:45 AM||8:38 AM||725||0||Daily|
|Houston — Kansas City||9:25 AM||11:18 AM||816||0||Daily|
|* Effective August 8th|
Kansas City becomes Spirit’s 56th destination, and represents just another step in Spirit’s network strategy of taking legacy and hybrid carriers head on in major markets. Kansas City also sees service from fellow ULCC Frontier, who offers service to Denver and seasonal flights to three Mexican destinations under the wing of Apple Vacations.
“We look forward to help customers traveling to or from the Kansas City area to save money with our ultra-low fares and optional services for a total price that is tough to beat” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s Vice President, Network Planning. “With our unique product, value-conscious travelers get to enjoy keeping more money in their pocket to spend on the good times when they get their destination.”
“Spirit Airlines’ decision to add Kansas City to its rapidly expanding network is a testament to the strength of this region,” said Mark VanLoh, Director of Aviation for the Kansas City Aviation Department. “Spirit has selected five key destinations from Kansas City that will benefit both leisure and business customers alike.”
Kansas City is as much Southwest Airlines country as it is that of any other carrier. Kansas City was one of the earlier cities in Southwest’s system, and today Southwest has 67 daily departures to 22 destinations from Kansas City. But given Southwest’s rising costs, many of its routes appear ripe for the picking by Spirit’s extremely low fares. Indeed, Southwest serves four of the five destinations that Spirit has selected to launch from Kansas City. And every single destination sees nonstop competition, from Southwest and/or one or more other carriers (Delta to Detroit).