Spirit Airlines brings back international service from Orlando with six routes launching in December

Spirit Airlines made this announcement:

Spirit Airlines will head back to Latin America from Orlando just in time for the holidays. The Florida-based carrier is re-launching six nonstop international routes.

Spirit plans to reintroduce Latin American destinations from Orlando International Airport (MCO) gradually throughout the month of December, beginning with service to Colombia and Honduras. Within weeks, the airline will add Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador along with additional Colombian flights.

In the Caribbean, people travelling to Puerto Rico will have more options at the beginning of 2021. Spirit plans to reactivate its service to Aguadilla (BQN) once the airport re-opens in January. Daily flights to the island’s northwestern tip will complement Spirit’s existing service to San Juan (SJU), which runs up to five times each day.

Caribbean & Latin American Service at MCO
Destination Flights Available: Launch Date :
Bogota (BOG) 4x weekly Dec. 4, 2020
San Pedro Sula (SAP) 3x weekly Dec. 4, 2020*
Cartagena (CTG) 3x weekly Dec. 16, 2020
Cancun (CUN) 6x weekly Dec. 16, 2020
Guatemala City (GUA) 3x weekly Dec. 16, 2020
San Salvador (SAL) 2x weekly Dec. 19, 2020
Aguadilla (BQN) 1x daily Jan. 6, 2021
San Juan (SJU) Up to 5x per day Existing Service
St. Thomas (STT) 4x weekly Existing Service

* Pending re-opening of the airport following repairs due to damage from Hurricane Eta .

Spirit carried 2.6 million Guests at MCO in 2019. The airline reactivated most of its domestic network from the airport in July as the demand for air travel began to rebound. Resuming international service at MCO bumps up Spirit’s operation at the airport to 38 nonstop destinations throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline will offer Guests an average of 53 flights each day during the December travel period. That’s a ten-fold increase compared to the five flights available each day when demand for air travel was at its lowest in 2020.

Spirit started serving MCO in 1993 and grew into one of Central Florida’s major job providers. The airline employs nearly 1,200 people in the Orlando area directly, and its operations support another 500 contractors in the region.

In other news, the airline is also adding two new cities officially joining its route map. The carrier’s signature yellow planes brought some extra sunshine when they launched service to Bucaramanga (BGA) on November 18 and Barranquilla (BAQ) on November 19. Both routes run nonstop from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Spirit’s service to Bucaramanga is the only nonstop flight connecting Colombia’s Santander region with the United States. Adding Bucaramanga and Barranquilla to Spirit’s network means the airline serves more Colombian cities nonstop than any other U.S. carrier.

Routes & Frequencies 

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to/from: 

Starts: 

Frequency: 

Bucaramanga (BGA) 

November 18, 2020 

3x Weekly

Barranquilla (BAQ)  

November 19, 2020 

3x Weekly

Armenia (AXM) 

Existing Service

3x Weekly

Cartagena (CTG) 

Existing Service

4x Weekly 

Bogota (BOG) 

  Existing Service

1x Daily 

Medellin (MDE) 

  Existing Service

1x Daily 

Cali (CLO) 

  Existing Service

1x Daily 

On Sept. 19, Spirit became the first international airline to return to Colombia when one of its planes landed in Cartagena after six months of border closures. The airline also led humanitarian efforts before the country re-opened by arranging more than 170 flights between Colombia and the U.S. and helping more than 30,000 people reunite with their families and loved ones.

More than 3.1 million Guests have chosen Spirit to travel between Colombia and the U.S. in the past 12 years. The airline started service to Colombia in May 2008 with flights between Fort Lauderdale and Cartagena (CTG). Spirit’s expansion continued over the next decade with flights to Bogota (BOG), Medellin (MDE), Armenia (AXM) and Cali (CLO). The airline also added nonstop service from Orlando (MCO) to Cartagena, Bogota and Medellin.

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