Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is to offer daily non-stop seasonal service linking Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Philadelphia International Airport with Myrtle Beach...

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is to offer daily non-stop seasonal service linking Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from April 25 to November 5.

“Spirit carries more visitors to Myrtle Beach than any other airline, operating exclusively with large Airbus A319 and A320 jets with 145-178 seats each,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ senior director of network planning.


Spirit Airlines, which bills itself as America's largest ultra-low-cost carrier, operates an all-Airbus A320-family fleet

Spirit Airlines, which bills itself as America’s largest ultra-low-cost carrier, operates an all-Airbus A320-family fleet

 

“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.

Spirit Airlines’ schedule for its Baltimore/Washington International Airport-Myrtle Beach service will see flight NK547 depart BWI at 10:45 a.m. daily between April 25 and November 5, and arrive at MYR at 12:10 p.m.

In the other direction, flight NK548 is timed to leave MYR daily at 5:20 p.m. and land at BWI at 6:40 p.m.

Spirit Airlines' main base is at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, where this Airbus A319 is photographed taxiing out for departure. However, Spirit is building a considerable focus-city presence at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, from where by mid-2013 it expected to be serving at least 26 destinations

Spirit Airlines’ main base is at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, where this Airbus A319 is photographed taxiing out for departure. However, Spirit is building a considerable focus-city presence at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, from where by mid-2013 it expected to be serving at least 26 destinations

 

The carrier’s schedule for its Philadelphia International Airport-Myrtle Beach service will see flight NK717 push back from the gate at PHL at 7:25 a.m. daily from April 25 to November 5 and reach MYR at 9:00 a.m.

In the other direction, flight NK714 is timed to begin taxiing at MYR at 9:50 a.m. and touch down at PHL at 11:25 a.m.

Spirit Airlines currently offers year-round daily non-stop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York LaGuardia, and also recently announced it has moved up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach.

Spirit Airlines operates an all-Airbus A320 family fleet which includes 26 A319s and (including existing orders) up to 70 A320s. Spirit Airlines also has 45 A320neo-family jets on order. Two leased A321s are expected to leave the fleet

Spirit Airlines operates an all-Airbus A320 family fleet which includes 26 A319s and (including existing orders) up to 70 A320s. Spirit Airlines also has 45 A320neo-family jets on order. Two leased A321s are expected to leave the fleet

 

The airline’s seasonal service to the South Carolina beach city will begin in time for the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekends. Spirit’s seasonal service to MYR will include:

● Daily service between Myrtle Beach and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, starting February 14;

● Daily service between Myrtle Beach and Detroit, starting February 14;

● Three-times-weekly round-trips between Myrtle Beach and the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area starting February 14, with service increasing to daily on April 25;

Spirit Airlines' main initial fleet type was the Airbus A319 and the carrier now operates 26 of the type, but the larger A320 is gradually overtaking the A319 as the most important fleet type numerically in the low-cost carrier's fleet

Spirit Airlines’ main initial fleet type was the Airbus A319 and the carrier now operates 26 of the type, but the larger A320 is gradually overtaking the A319 as the most important fleet type numerically in the low-cost carrier’s fleet

 

● Twice-weekly round-trips between Myrtle Beach and the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area starting February 15, with service increasing to four flights a week on April 25; and

● Twice-weekly round-trips between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, West Virginia starting March 2.

In addition, on April 25, Spirit will resume seasonal service between Myrtle Beach and both the Plattsburgh, New York/Montreal Area and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, operating three round-trips a week on both routes.

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