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Spirit to serve Newark from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and Myrtle Beach

Spirit to serve Newark from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and Myrtle Beach

Spirit Airlines commencing on October 30, 2016 will serve Newark Liberty International Airport with daily service to both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando with mainly Airbus A321 aircraft.

Additionally the carrier will add the Newark – Myrtle Beach route with daily flights starting on March 9, 2017 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N660NK (msn 6804) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931986.

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CEO Ben Baldanza departs from Spirit Airlines, replaced by ex-AirTran CEO Robert L. Fornaro

 

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Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced Robert L. Fornaro has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately succeeding Ben Baldanza.

According to the airline;

“Fornaro, a seasoned airline executive with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of senior leadership and advisory roles, succeeds Ben Baldanza, who joined Spirit in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and served as President and CEO since 2006.”

Ben Baldanza was instrumental in transitioning Spirit into America’s first ultra low-cost carrier following the Ryanair model.

Robert Fornaro was appointed to the Spirit Airlines Board of Directors in May 2014. He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AirTran Holdings Inc. from November 2007 to May 2011, after which he served as a consultant to Southwest Airlines Co. and AirTran Airways Inc. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTran Airways Inc. from March 2001 to November 2007 and as President and Chief Financial Officer from March 1999 to August 2000. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Planning for US Airways and as Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Northwest Airlines. He served as the Chairman of AirTran Airways Inc. from May 2008 to May 2011 and served on its board from 2001 to May 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board of AirTran Holdings Inc. from 2008 to May 2011.

Spirit Airlines to add two seasonal routes from Minneapolis/St. Paul

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N658NK (msn 6736) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 920240.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) starting in April 2016, will begin new seasonal daily service between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Spirit’s new seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Philadelphia will operate from April 14, 2016 through November 9, 2016, and between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Boston will operate from April 28, 2016 through September 7, 2016.

This announcement follows Spirit’s recent announcement of new daily nonstop service between MSP and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), also starting in April 2016. With these additions, Spirit will operate nonstop service from Minneapolis-St.Paul to 16 cities, including Atlanta (starting 4/14/2016), Baltimore/Washington DC, Boston (starting 4/28/2016), Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia (starting 4/14/2016), Phoenix, and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321231 N658NK (msn 6736) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Spirit Airlines to start two new routes from Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930207.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) starting on April 29, 2016, will begin new nonstop service from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

This announcement follows Spirit’s recent announcement of nonstop service between PHL and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also starting in April 2016. With these additions, Spirit will operate nonstop service from Philadelphia to 8 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit (starting 4/29/2016), Fort Lauderdale (starting 4/29/2016), Las Vegas, Los Angeles (starting 4/14/2016), and Myrtle Beach.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) departs from LAX.

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Spirit Airlines to add two more routes from Atlanta

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930238.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) announced today it will add two new cites to its nonstop service options from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The daily service starts on April 14, 2016 between ATL and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

With these additions, Spirit operates nonstop service from Atlanta to 17 cities, including Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul (starting 4/14/2016), New Orleans (starting 4/14/2016), Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) departs from Los Angeles.

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Spirit Airlines adds more flights from Los Angeles

 

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Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced the addition of several new routes this coming spring to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Spirit’s new and expanded flights:

Los Angeles to/from Service Start Date Frequency
Oakland/San Francisco Bay November 12, 2015 Twice-Daily
Seattle-Tacoma March 24, 2016 Twice-Daily
Portland, OR March 25, 2016 Daily
Phoenix April 8, 2016 Twice-Daily
Denver* April 8, 2016 Twice-Daily
Philadelphia April 14, 2016 Daily
New Orleans April 14, 2016 Daily
* Expanding existing daily service

With these new services Spirit will offer daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to 18 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans (starting 4/14/2016), Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia (starting 4/14/2016), Phoenix (starting 4/8/2016), Portland (OR) (starting 3/25/2016), and Seattle-Tacoma (starting 3/24/2016).

 

Spirit Airlines reports 3Q GAAP net income increased 44.9% to $97.1 million

Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today reported third quarter 2015 financial results.

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  • Adjusted net income for the third quarter 2015 increased 31.6 percent to $97.3 million ($1.35 per diluted share) compared to the third quarter 20141. GAAP net income for the third quarter 2015 increased 44.9 percent year over year to $97.1 million ($1.35 per diluted share).
  • Adjusted pre-tax margin for the third quarter 2015 increased 560 basis points to 26.9 percent. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the third quarter 2015 increased 760 basis points to 26.9 percent.
  • Spirit ended the third quarter 2015 with unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $748.9 million.
  • Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) for the twelve months ended September 30, 2015 was 28.8 percent2.

 

Copyright Photo: Andy Cripps/AirlinersGallery.com. Spirit took delivery of 3 new Airbus A321 aircraft during the third quarter 2015, ending the quarter with 76 aircraft in its fleet. Airbus A321-231 N657NK (msn 6671) taxies at the FLL hub.

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