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Spirit Airlines is coming to Austin, Texas, more flights to San Juan

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N670NK  (msn 7106) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943770.

Spirit Airlines is starting service to Austin, Texas.

Beginning on February 14, 2019, Spirit will launch nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to nine cities across the United States.  Spirit will offer nonstop service between the ATX and Baltimore/Washington, DC, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando.  Just a few months later, on May 2, Spirit will add nonstop service between Austin and Los Angeles. Austin will mark Spirit’s 70th destination in its growing network, and the new service will generate approximately 50 new jobs.

Austin (AUS) to/from: Starts: Frequency:
Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC (BWI) February 14, 2019 Daily
Chicago, IL (ORD) February 14, 2019 Daily
Denver, CO (DEN) February 14, 2019 Daily
Detroit, MI (DTW) February 14, 2019 Daily
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) February 14, 2019 Daily
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) February 14, 2019 Daily
Orlando, FL (MCO) February 14, 2019 Daily
New Orleans, LA (MSY) February 14, 2019 Daily
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) May 2, 2019 Daily

Austin will join Houston and Dallas as the third destination for Spirit in the Lone Star State.  It comes just weeks after the airline announced it would be starting service in Jacksonville, Florida and Cali, Colombia, along with expanding significantly in Orlando, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Above Photo: New Orleans Airport.

In other news, the airline will add new routes to historic San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Beginning February 14, 2019, Spirit will begin daily nonstop service to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) from Tampa International Airport(TPA) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

San Juan, PR to/from Starts: Frequency:
Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) February 14, 2019 Daily
Tampa, Fla. (TPA) February 14, 2019 Daily
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL) Existing service Daily
Orlando, Fla. (MCO) Existing service Daily
Aguadilla, PR to/from
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL) Existing service Daily
Orlando, Fla. (MCO) Existing service Daily

The new route between Tampa and San Juan will join the resumption of nonstop seasonal flights starting in November between Tampa and Akron-Canton, Boston, Cleveland, Hartford, Latrobe, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N670NK (msn 7106) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943770.

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Spirit Airlines adds more routes from Jacksonville

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-271N WL N904NK (msn 7094) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943773.

Spirit Airlines is doubling down on Jacksonville, Florida before its first flight from there ever takes off!

Beginning February 14, 2019, Spirit will begin daily nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

This announcement comes after Spirit announced in September that it would be bringing its ultra-low fares to Jacksonville for the first time with daily nonstop service to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) starting December 20, 2018.

Jacksonville (JAX) to/from Starts: Frequency:
Fort Lauderdale February 14, 2019 Daily
Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) February 14, 2019 Daily
Chicago – O’Hare (ORD) December 20, 2018 Daily
Detroit (DTW) December 20, 2018 Daily

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-271N WL N904NK (msn 7094) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943773.

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Spirit Airlines to bring more seasonal routes to Florida this winter

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N504NK (msn 2473) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943771.

Spirit Airlines is increasing its winter service with 20 seasonal routes to Florida. As the go-to airline for Florida vacations, Spirit’s seasonal routes will boost its Sunshine State service from an average of 116 to 178 daily roundtrip flights this winter. This includes the addition of Jacksonville, Florida., Spirit’s sixth destination in Florida, beginning with service to Detroit, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois., on December 20, 2018.

The seasonal routes beginning on November 8 include:

Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood to/from Duration: Frequency:
Kansas City, Mo. (MCI) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (MSP) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
     
Ft. Myers to/from Duration: Frequency:
Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly
Baltimore, Md. (BWI) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Boston, Mass. (BOS) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 2x daily
Cleveland, Ohio (CLE) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Hartford, Conn. (BDL) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Latrobe, Pa. (LBE) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (MSP) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
     
Tampa to/from Duration: Frequency:
Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly
Boston, Mass. (BOS) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Cleveland, Ohio (CLE) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Hartford, Conn. (BDL) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Latrobe, Pa. (LBE) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (MSP) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
     
West Palm Beach to/from Duration: Frequency:
Atlantic City, N.J. (ACY) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Boston, Mass. (BOS) Nov. 8, 2018 – May 2, 2019 Daily
Detroit, Mich. (DTW) Dec. 21, 2018 – May 2, 2019 4x weekly

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N504NK (msn 2473) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943771.

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Spirit opens a new crew base in Orlando

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N670NK  (msn 7106) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943770.

Spirit Airlines on October 4, 2018 celebrated its first day of international service out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) by announcing it will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Orlando area with a new crew base for Flight Attendants and Pilots.

The crew base will open on December 1, 2018 and will start with nearly 150 crewmembers. This move will help support Spirit’s massive international expansion in Orlando, adding to the 150 airport services jobs recently created to support the growth. Spirit is expected to bring hundreds of more inflight positions to Orlando this spring with job fairs expected in the coming months.

Spirit begins new Orlando service today to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN); Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA); Panama City, Panama (PTY); and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ). The inaugural flights kick off a flurry of new international and domestic routes from MCO starting in the next two months.

The new routes increase Spirit’s offering to the Orlando region, with nonstop service to 38 destinations and up to 49 daily flights across the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.

Orlando to/from Starts: Frequency:
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) October 4 Daily
Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) October 4 4x weekly
Panama City, Panama (PTY) October 4 4x weekly
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) October 4 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) October 5 2x weekly
San José, Costa Rica (SJO) October 5 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) October 6 2x weekly
Bogota, Colombia (BOG) November 8 Daily
St. Thomas, USVI (STT) November 8 3x weekly
Medellin, Colombia (MED) November 9 2x weekly
Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) November 10 2x weekly
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) November 10 2x weekly

This latest announcement follows the addition of new service to Asheville and Greensboro, NC last month. It also comes as Spirit begins its fleet-wide Wi-Fi installation in Orlando. Spirit’s state-of-the-art, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will roll out through 2019, providing Guests the ability to watch, stream, surf and text in flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Spirit): Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N670NK (msn 7106) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 943770.

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Jacksonville

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N653NK (msn 8012) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943095.

Spirit Airlines beginning on December 20, 2018 will begin nonstop daily service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

 

Jacksonville will mark Spirit’s 69th destination in its growing network, and joins Spirit’s other Florida stations of Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

Jacksonville (JAX) to/from Starts: Frequency:
Chicago – O’Hare (ORD) December 20, 2018 Daily
Detroit (DTW) December 20, 2018 Daily

This latest service expansion comes just months after Spirit announced it was launching nearly a dozen new routes from Orlando, Florida to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Spirit): Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N653NK (msn 8012) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943095.

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Spirit Airlines to fly to Cali, Colombia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N624NK (msn 5880) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 943094.

Spirit Airlines has announced it is adding the beautiful city of Cali as its fifth Colombian service station.

Beginning on December 20, 2018*, Spirit will connect Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with daily nonstop service.

The city of Cali and the Valle de Cauca Department region serves as home to more than three million people, and will mark Spirit’s 68th service station in its growing network. Cali joins the other vibrant Colombian cities of Cartagena, Bogotá, Medellín, and Armenia currently served by the airline. Cali will be Spirit’s 17th destination in Latin America and 28th destination outside the continental United States.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Spirit): Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N624NK (msn 5880) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 943094.

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Cape Air and Spirit Airlines announce Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program

Cape Air and Spirit Airlines are pleased to announce the Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program specifically designed for today’s aspiring pilots. The program is a defined career pathway designed to create a faster and more streamlined approach for pilots looking to transition from a regional carrier to a major airline.

Pilots are eligible to join the Cape Air team with as little as 500 flight hours, and fly as a First Officer for the nation’s largest independent regional carrier. Once ATP minimums are reached, the pilot will then upgrade to Captain for Cape Air and fly for a minimum of two years. Once the candidate has reached 3,000 hours, they will complete a jet transition course at Spirit Airlines Training Center and then be assigned a class date at Spirit Airlines.

“Our pilots are known industry-wide for their hands-on flying and aeronautical decision making skills making this partnership a win-win for both parties. Our commitment to safety, our communities, employees and our passengers is always at the forefront of everything we do. We are thrilled to partner with Spirit on this exciting new pathway, and we look forward to growing our pilot bases and nurturing the next generation of pilots for years to come,” said Linda Markham, Cape Air president.

“Spirit Airlines is proud to be partnering with Cape Air as we remain committed to connecting with and recruiting the best aviators in the industry,” said Ryan Rodosta, Spirit Airlines’ Chief Pilot.  “There is no doubt this innovative program will help us maintain a skilled and robust pilot workforce for years to come.”

The Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program is open to all current and future Cape Air pilots. Candidates will have only one joint interview with both Cape Air and Spirit. Once the pilot is accepted into the program, a Spirit mentor will be assigned. Unlike most pilot pathways, candidates are not required to have a higher education degree. A two-year or four-year degree is preferred, but not required.

Pilots flying for Part 121 Operators, such as Spirit, face a mandatory retirement age of 65, while pilots flying for Part 135 Operators, like Cape Air, have no mandatory retirement age, only the ability to maintain a First Class Medical. Cape Air’s Gray Gull Program, provides pilots with an opportunity to continue flying past the age of 65. Retired or furloughed Spirit pilots can in turn transition to Cape Air and fly as a Gray Gull. Currently, Cape Air has retired pilots flying from almost every major carrier.

Photos. Cape Air.