Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines has announced a new round of expansion which will see it adding five new cities and 10 new routes, with the first of the new routes and cities joining the network in January.
The airline is adding five new routes from its Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) base and five new routes from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
From Fort Lauderdale, Spirit Airlines will add Plattsburgh, New York (which the airline says serves Montreal in Canada) with four weekly non-stops starting January 14, 2011. Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh is centrally positioned near Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Canada.
The carrier is also launching service from FLL to Niagara Falls International Airport, New York (IAG) – which Spirit says serves Buffalo, New York and Toronto – with three weekly non-stops beginning January 27. In addition to Niagara Falls being a tourist destination in itself, Niagara Falls International Airport is also located near Buffalo and is just across the border from the city of Niagara Falls in Canada, about 40 miles from Toronto.
On February 12, Spirit Airlines will begin service from Fort Lauderdale to Latrobe in southwestern Pennsylvania, which used to be where Rolling Rock beer was brewed and serves the greater Pittsburgh area. The airline will operate four weekly non-stops on the route.
Spirit Airlines will begin serving Charleston, West Virginia’s state capital, from FLL with three weekly non-stops starting March 3, 2011.
On May 5, Spirit will start operating twice-daily non-stops to Dallas/Fort Worth from Fort Lauderdale.
In addition to the new non-stop services, the airline says its new schedule provides two daily one-stop, same-aircraft options for customers traveling between Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas.
On May 5, Spirit Airlines will begin five new routes from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). It will operate a daily round-trip to Washington Reagan National Airport; four weekly non-stops to Plattsburgh; three weekly round-trips to Niagara Falls, New York; four weekly non-stops to Latrobe; and three weekly round-trips to Charleston, West Virginia.
Spirit Airlines started scheduled Myrtle Beach service in 1996 and currently offers on average 11 daily non-stop flights from Myrtle Beach to seven major destinations in peak season. Current destinations include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, New York LaGuardia and Fort Lauderdale. From Fort Lauderdale and other cities served from Myrtle Beach, Spirit offers connections to more than 25 additional cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
To mark the expansion, Spirit is offering $9 introductory fares (each way based on a round-trip purchase, plus taxes and fees) available through October 29 at www.spiritair.com.