On May 31 and June 1, Spirit Airlines will begin operating three daily non-stop round-trips between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and...

Spirit Airlines is launching non-stop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas in the late spring.

On May 31 and June 1, Spirit Airlines will begin operating three daily non-stop round-trips between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and daily non-stop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

To promote the new routes, Spirit Airlines is offering each-way fares of $28.79 (comprised of a $9.00 base fare plus taxes and fees, and based on a round-trip purchase) from MSP to Las Vegas and Chicago. The introductory fares are available through March 1 at www.spirit.com.

The Airbus A319 has provided the backbone of the Spirit Airlines fleet and the carrier will continue to operate a sizable number of A319s, though it is increasingly graduating to the larger A320 on many routes

Spirit Airlines is the fourth new carrier to announce service at MSP since 2008, highlighting the strength of the Minneapolis-St. Paul market for business and leisure travel services,” says Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which owns and oeprates MSP. “Spirit’s decision to join the MSP community further ensures the region will continue to enjoy not only some of the most abundant air service per capita in the nation but also healthy competition on key routes.”

“Spirit Airlines’ new service to Minneapolis-St. Paul enhances competition and expands options for travelers at O’Hare International Airport,” says Rosemarie Andolino, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. “In less than one year, Spirit has more than doubled its flight offerings from O’Hare with service to 11 destinations, including Minneapolis and Denver beginning in May.”

“Minneapolis-St. Paul is currently the 12th-largest provider of air visitors to Las Vegas, sending approximately 700 travelers to McCarran International Airport each day,” says Randall Walker, director of aviation for Clark County, Nevada.

From June 1, Spirit Airlines’ MSP-Chicago O’Hare (ORD) service will see flight NK612 leave MSP at 6:25 a.m. and land at ORD at 7:50 a.m. Flight NK708 will depart MSP at 11:10 a.m. and arrive at ORD at 12:35 p.m. Flight NK614 is timed to push back from the gate at MSP at 6:05 p.m., in order to make a 7:30 p.m. arrival at ORD.

In the other direction, from June 1, flight NK761 will begin taxiing at ORD at 9:00 a.m. and will touch down at MSP at 10:20 a.m. Also from June 1, flight NK773 will leave ORD at 4:05 p.m. and arrive at MSP at 5:25 p.m. Flight NK763, which begins operating on May 31, will depart ORD at 8:15 p.m. and reach MSP at 9:35 p.m.

From May 31, Spirit Airlines’ MSP-Las Vegas service will see flight NK763 pushing back from the gate at MSP at 10:15 p.m. and getting to LAS at 11:45 p.m., local time. In the other direction, flight NK612 is scheduled to leave LAS at 12:25 a.m. from June 1 and touch down at MSP at 5:35 a.m. local time.

Flight NK763 represents through service from Chicago O’Hare to Las Vegas via Minneapolis-St. Paul, while flight NK612 represents through service from Las Vegas to Chicago, also via Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.