Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday suffered through a series of delayed flights disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of passengers, especially at its FLL hub. Some passengers waited up to almost 12 hours for their aircraft to be cleared. Spirit took the extraordinary step to perform voluntary engine inspections of their fleet in the wake of an engine failure on an Airbus A319 last week flying between Dallas/Fort Worth to Atlanta. The A319 suffered an uncontained engine failure and returned safely to DFW.
Spirit announced its inspection have been completed and operations are getting back to normal.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) started new nonstop service between Detroit and Denver on February 14. The initial service is operating daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and increases to daily service starting on March 1, 2013.
Spirit currently offers daily nonstop service from Denver to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Phoenix/Mesa (seasonal), as well as a variety of connections throughout the Americas.
Spirit currently offers nonstop daily service from Detroit to Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, New York LaGuardia, Orlando and Tampa, as well as convenient connections throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
In addition, Spirit Airlines also started daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Orlando International Airport on February 14.
The flight will also operate as new one-stop continuation service via Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) as DFW-Houston-Orlando and Orlando-Houston-DFW, complementing Spirit’s existing non-stop service between DFW and Orlando.
Spirit introduced its ultra low fare service to Houstonians in September with twice daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, and started daily nonstop service from Houston to both Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas in October. Spirit offers connections from Houston to 12 destinations throughout the Americas, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Oakland/San Francisco, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (Oregon), Tampa, and Toluca/Mexico City.
Spirit offers Orlando customers nonstop service to Atlantic City, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and now Houston.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N504NK (msn 2473) climbs away from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.