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Spirit Airlines is giving away ‘Spiritaneous’ flights at MIA to celebrate 19 new routes

Florida’s Hometown Airline is giving South Florida travelers the gift of More Go following its initial entry into Miami International Airport (MIA) in October. Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) will launch many more nonstop routes from MIA this week, gradually increasing to a total of 31 destinations served from MIA. To celebrate, Spirit is bringing back “Spiritaneous” — a giveaway named after the spontaneous trip participants take immediately after winning.

Spiritaneous Giveaway

Participants may enter the Spiritaneous giveaway between 8-8:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 17, near Spirit’s counter in Concourse J, inside Door 33 on the first floor. Nineteen pairs of winners will be selected at random and can fly to most nonstop destinations that Spirit serves from MIA on Nov. 17.

Spirit Airlines Nonstop Routes from MIA

Destination:

Start Date:

Destination:

Start Date:

Atlantic City (ACY)

Oct. 6

Detroit (DTW)

Nov. 17

Atlanta (ATL)*

Oct. 6

Hartford-Bradley (BDL)

Nov. 17

Baltimore (BWI)

Oct. 6

Houston (IAH)*

Nov. 17

Bogotá (BOG)*

Oct. 7

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

Nov. 17

Guatemala City (GUA)*

Oct. 7

New York LaGuardia (LGA)

Nov. 17

Medellín (MDE)

Oct. 6

Orlando (MCO)*

Nov. 17

Newark (EWR)

Oct. 6

Philadelphia (PHL)*

Nov. 17

Santo Domingo (SDQ)*

Oct. 6

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

Nov. 17

Las Vegas (LAS)*  

Nov. 16

San Juan (SJU) *

Nov. 17

Barranquilla (BAQ)*

Nov. 17

San Pedro Sula (SAP)*

Nov. 18

Boston (BOS)

Nov. 17

Tegucigalpa-Palmerola (XPL)**

Nov. 24

Cali (CLO)*

Nov. 17

Minneapolis (MSP)*

Jan. 7

Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Nov. 17

San José, C.R. (SJO)*

Jan. 7

Cleveland (CLE)

Nov. 17

San Salvador (SAL)*

Feb. 17

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 

Nov. 17

St. Thomas (STT) *

Feb. 17

Denver (DEN) *

Nov. 17

*Not eligible for contest due to early time of flight on Nov. 17, start date, or entry requirements

** Pending government approval

Contest rules

  • Click here to view full contest rules.
  • Promotion only applies to nonstop flights departing MIA between 11:40 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 17, 2021.
  • Roundtrip tickets include one checked bag and one carry-on bag (taxes and fees included).
  • Contestants limited to one contest entry per person.
  • Guests must be present in contest area near Spirit’s counter located at the arrival level of Concourse J, inside of Door 33, on the day of the event to qualify. Guests must submit their entry form between 8 a.m. EST and 8:30 a.m. EST. The individual drawings for 19 pairs of tickets will start at 8:45 a.m.
  • Parking in the Flamingo Garage is closest access to Spirit’s ticket counters in Concourse J.
  • Guests must come with their bags packed and ready to go.
  • Winners must show required government identification and applicable vaccination/testing documentation at the time of booking.
  • Travelers must review travel-related requirements for the destination they plan to visit and the requirements for reentry back into the U.S. before their flight is booked. For more information on entry or re-entry requirements, please click here and scroll down to the “Travel Requirements” section.
  • Airlines and airports remain subject to federal law requiring Guests to wear an appropriate face covering at airports and on flights.

As traffic surges, MIA reopens concourses E and F areas

Miami International Airport made this announcement:

The Fall season is bringing a change in the weather and a change in airline locations at Miami International Airport. To accommodate for its rising passenger numbers, MIA reopened its Concourse F gates on November 1 and will reopen its Concourse E international arrivals facility on November 5, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Passengers arriving on international flights at MIA’s concourses E and F (except those by American Airlines) will soon have their passports screened at the reopened Concourse E federal inspection area and exit into the international greeter’s lobby located on the ground level near Door 11.

Fourteen airlines that previously used the Concourse D international arrivals facility will now use the reopened Concourse E facility. To see the international bag claim area for your flight, visit MIA’s online flight information board.

All inbound international passengers at MIA are screened with Simplified Arrival, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s enhanced passport clearance process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks already required for admission into the U.S. The expedited, touchless process screens as many as 10 passengers per minute.

Additionally, Frontier Airlines has relocated from MIA’s Concourse G to the newly refurbished and reopened Concourse F. While Concourse F was closed over the last year and a half, the 17-gate facility was upgraded with new lighting, flooring, seating, painting, ceiling tiles, and signage. This month, Frontier is launching Miami service to eight domestic and two international cities, for a total of 40 destinations served from MIA – its most ever.

Miami International Airport enters November with three airlines re-launching Miami service for the first time since the pandemic began and two other airlines making their MIA debuts.

Finnair began twice-weekly Stockholm service on October 23 and will restart Helsinki service three times per week on November 30. Fellow European carrier Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) also returns to MIA this month with three weekly flights to Copenhagen and twice-weekly flights to Stockholm on November 8 and 9 respectively, followed by weekly Oslo service scheduled to restart on November 11. Air Canada brought Canada flights back to MIA on November 1 with daily Toronto service, which is scheduled to expand to four daily flights in December. Air Canada is also scheduled to restart Montreal-Miami service back on November 6 with two weekly flights, followed by an increase to two daily flights in December.

A pair of charter passenger airlines kicked off November with Miami service launches as well. New U.S. charter airline Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) began three weekly charter flights to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on November 1, and plans to start five weekly flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and daily flights to Havana, Cuba later this month. In December, GlobalX is scheduled to launch daily flights from MIA to Las Vegas and Nassau, Bahamas. Dominican carrier RED Air started charter service at MIA on November 1 with daily flights to Santo Domingo, with plans to add a second daily flight on November 21.

Four more airlines are set to begin flying south this winter, with Aer Lingus (Dublin), KLM (Amsterdam), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), and Sunwing (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City) scheduled to make their MIA returns in December and January.

The Miami service launches come as the U.S. government begins to allow vaccinated non-U.S. citizens from foreign destinations to enter the country starting November 8, for the first time since early 2020.

Note: Alaska Airlines also announced it was returning to MIA.

 

Terminal Map:

Alaska Airlines restores the Seattle/Tacoma – Miami route

Alaska Airlines is restoring the SEA-MIA route with this announcement. The SEA-MIA route was moved to FLL (which will also be retained).

We’re turning up the heat and celebrating! From our home in the great Pacific Northwest, Alaska Airlines is breaking out the sunscreen, packing our best bathing suit and practicing our dance moves for our newest (old) destination: tropical Miami! The popular South Florida vacation spot becomes our 100th nonstop destination from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). We’ll start daily nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Miami on June 16.

For our West Coast guests, Miami International Airport opens a new (old) frontier. The airport is a large hub, including for several of our fellow oneworld alliance members, providing easy and convenient connectivity to flights across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Think Seattle to Miami then onward to locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See the 100 wide-ranging places we can take you to from Seattle on our Blog.

Starts City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 16 Seattle – Miami 7:15 a.m. 4:15 p.m. Daily  737-900
June 16 Miami – Seattle 5:40 p.m. 9:10 p.m. Daily  737-900
All times are local times

This summer, Alaska will serve the two major airports in South Florida with the addition of Miami. Since 2012, we’ve provided nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Seattle, and next summer we’ll offer twice daily nonstops. We also provide wintertime seasonal service from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; and San Francisco.

 

Frontier Airlines launches 9 new nonstop Miami routes in November

Frontier Airlines this week launches eight new nonstop routes from Miami International Airport (MIA), including, three destinations in New York, plus Memphis – Tennessee’s Home of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘N’ Roll, and the Virginia coastal town of Norfolk.

In addition, Frontier will launch a new international destination from Miami soon with Aruba beginning later in November. The new service expands Frontier’s Miami route map to 36 nonstop destinations.

New Routes from Miami International Airport (MIA):

SERVICE TO:

SERVICE START:

SERVICE FREQUENCY:

INTRO FARE:

Memphis, Tennessee (MEM)

Nov. 1, 2021

3x Weekly

$29*

Portland, Maine (PWM)

Nov. 1, 2021

3x Weekly

$29*

St. Louis (STL)

Nov. 1, 2021

3x Weekly

$29*

Syracuse, New York (SYR)

Nov. 1, 2021

2x Weekly

$29*

Norfolk, Virginia (ORF)

Nov. 2, 2021

3x Weekly

$29*

New Windsor, N.Y. (SWF)

Nov. 2, 2021

3x Weekly

$29*

Albany, New York (ALB)

Nov. 4, 2021

2x Weekly

$39*

Rochester, New York (ROC)

Nov. 4, 2021

2x Weekly

$39*

Aruba (AUA)

Nov. 20, 2021

1x Weekly

To AUA: $59*

Frequency and times are subject to change.

Spirit Airlines launches its first flights to Miami

Spirit Airlines today launched service at Miami International Airport (MIA), with its first flight arriving from Atlantic City, N.J. (ACY) (above) and its first departure bound for Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP).

Spirit’s presence at MIA begins with service to nine destinations, which will grow to 31 nonstop options by the time expansions in November and January are complete. The carrier will serve 20 markets domestically and 11 internationally.

Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony included the announcement of the Free Spirit Flyaway, a  nationwide promotion in which Spirit will give away 31 pairs of roundtrip tickets in honor of each of its nonstop routes from MIA. Even better—the only requirement for entering for a chance to win is to be a member of the Free Spirit® loyalty program, which costs nothing to join and offers the fastest way to earn rewards and status.2

Spirit’s full schedule is large enough to earn the airline a position as MIA’s second largest carrier. Adding service at MIA is the next chapter of Spirit’s story as the carrier steps up to meet the demand for high-value travel to and from South Florida. The carrier is staffing MIA with more than 200 new Spirit Family Members and supporting the expansion with 16 brand new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo planes being delivered this year. Next year, Spirit plans to accept another 24 new planes into the airline’s Fit Fleet®, which is among the youngest in the industry.

Spirit Airlines Routes from MIA

Destination:

Available:

Start Date:

Destination:

Available:

Start Date:

Atlantic City (ACY)

Daily

Oct. 6

Detroit (DTW)

Daily

Nov. 17

Atlanta (ATL)

Daily

Oct. 6

Hartford-Bradley (BDL)

Daily

Nov. 17

Baltimore (BWI)

Daily

Oct. 6

Houston (IAH)

Daily

Nov. 17

Bogotá (BOG)*

Daily

Oct. 7

Las Vegas (LAS)

Daily

Nov. 17

Guatemala City (GUA)*

4x per week

Oct. 7

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

Daily

Nov. 17

Medellín (MDE)*

Daily

Oct. 6

New York LaGuardia (LGA)

2x per day

Nov. 17

Newark (EWR)

Daily

Oct. 6

Orlando (MCO)

Daily

Nov. 17

Port-au-Prince (PAP)*

4x per week

Oct. 6

Philadelphia (PHL)

Daily

Nov. 17

Santo Domingo (SDQ)*

3x per week

Oct. 6

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

Daily

Nov. 17

Barranquilla (BAQ)*

Daily

Nov. 17

San Pedro Sula (SAP)*

3x per week

Nov. 18

Boston (BOS)

Daily

Nov. 17

San Juan (SJU)

Daily

Nov. 17

Cali (CLO)*

Daily

Nov. 17

Tegucigalpa-Palmerola (XPL)*

4x per week

Nov. 17

Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Daily

Nov. 17

San José, C.R. (SJO)*

4x per week

Jan. 5

Cleveland (CLE)

Daily

Nov. 17

San Salvador (SAL)*

3x per week

Jan. 6

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Daily

Nov. 17

St. Thomas (STT)

3x per week

Jan. 6

Denver (DEN)

Daily

Nov. 17

*Subject to government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: N930NK operated the first flight to MIA. L. Apso.

Emirates arrives in Miami

Emirates is connecting global business and leisure travelers with it’s first-ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami. The airline celebrated the inaugural flight of its four times a week service when it touched down in Miami at 1100 hrs local time yesterday (July 22).

Emirates flight EK213 was welcomed by Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute, and drew in an audience of passengers, aviation fans and guests. For the first flight, the airline operated its popular Boeing 777 Gamechanger, and on the ground, showcased the interiors of the aircraft to guests, featuring its highly popular First Class private suites. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ First Class suites on the Gamechanger offer up to 40 square feet of personal space each, and ultra-modern design features.

Photo: From left to right: Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz; Emirates Divisional Vice President for the USA and Canada Essa Sulaiman Ahmed; Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava.

The airline will subsequently operate its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route, featuring eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class for the four times a week service.

Along with Orlando, the new service to Miami provides an additional access point to and from Florida and expands Emirates’ US network to 12 destinations on over 70 weekly flights, providing more choice and convenient connections from the Emirates network to Southern Florida. It also links travelers from Miami, as well as Southern Florida, South America and the Caribbean to over 50 points across the Middle East, West Asia, Africa, Far East and the Indian Ocean Islands via Dubai.

To celebrate the new service, Emirates extended its signature onboard service to include specially crafted mocktails and cocktails on the airline’s food and beverage menu, and customers across all cabins enjoyed a zesty key lime pie dessert to round off their meal. To transform the inflight experience on the way to Miami, mood lighting was set to the signature red, white and blue US colors upon boarding and arrival. Customers in all classes enjoyed the 4,500 channels selection of on-demand entertainment on ice, including a Miami inspired musical playlist, as well as Wi-Fi and Live TV.

The new service will also add to the existing trade connections provided by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, which has been operating passenger freighter services to Miami since October 2020. Emirates has been offering cargo capacity into and out of Miami facilitating exports of perishables, electronics and other components as well as e-commerce goods. Emirates SkyCargo has also in the past operated several charter flights on its Boeing 777 full freighter aircraft to transport champion horses from Miami to equestrian events around the world. Since 2019, Emirates SkyCargo has moved more than 7,700 tonnes of cargo in and out of Miami.

With the addition of Miami, Emirates now serves 12 gateways in the US including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando.

Flights to/from Miami will operate four times weekly on Emirates’ three-class Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates flight EK213 departs Dubai (DXB) at 03:10hrs, arriving in Miami (MIA) at 11:00hrs while the return flight EK214 departs Miami at 21:10 hrs, arriving in Dubai at 19:25 hrs the next day.

 

American to add new routes from the Miami hub this winter

American Airlines has made this announcement for its Miami International Airport (MIA) hub:

  • American strengthens its presence at MIA with two new international destinations in Mexico and Colombia in December.
  • Six new domestic routes launch this winter, further connecting South Florida to the broadest global network.
  • By the end of the year, American will offer more than 130 nonstop destinations from MIA, the most of any carrier.

This winter, American Airlines will continue to grow its footprint at its largest international gateway, Miami International Airport (MIA), adding two new international destinations and six new domestic routes. With today’s announcement, American further solidifies its position as the largest airline at MIA, operating 341 peak daily flights this winter.

San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ)

San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ)

Better connectivity to Latin America and the Caribbean

In December, the carrier will launch two new international routes from MIA: Chetumal, Mexico (CTM); and San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ). With these new routes, American will serve 28 destinations in Mexico – the most of any U.S. carrier – and seven in Colombia.

 

Destination Frequency Flights Begin
ADZ Wednesdays and Saturdays Dec. 4
CTM Wednesdays and Saturdays Dec. 1

Photo: Miami International Airport.

Six new ways to head south this winter

This winter, American’s customers will enjoy the sun, sand and the world-famous nightlife of South Florida on their terms with the most options and convenient schedule of any airline. The carrier is adding daily seasonal service between MIA and Salt Lake City (SLC); and seasonal Saturday service to Albany, New York (ALB); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Madison, Wisconsin (MSN); Syracuse, New York (SYR); and Tulsa, Oklahoma (TUL).

 

Destination Frequency Flights Operate
ALB Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
BTV Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
MSN Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
SLC Daily Dec. 16 – April 4
SYR Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
TUL Saturdays Year-round beginning Nov. 6

 

In addition to these new routes, current daily seasonal service Oklahoma City (OKC) becomes year-round. Daily seasonal service between MIA and Des Moines, Iowa (DSM) and Milwaukee (MKE) will operate between Nov. 2 and April 4. Finally, year-round Saturday service to Fayetteville, Arkansas (XNA) begins Nov. 6.

Earlier this summer, American launched new, three-times-weekly service from MIA to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), as well as new domestic service to Huntsville, Alabama (HSV); Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT); Milwaukee (MKE); Portland, Maine (PWM); and Rochester, New York (ROC). Service between MIA and Bangor, Maine (BGR) launched July 3. Starting Sept. 7, American will also be the first and only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM). Flights will operate five times per week with a convenient schedule for customers traveling across the United States to connect through MIA.

Spirit Airlines is finally coming to Miami

2021 "Spirit Untamed" promotional livery

Spirit Airlines has long had a competitive hub at lower-cost Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL). Now the growing carrier is planning to expand to nearby Miami International Airport (MIA) in October following the moves of other low-cost carriers.

Spirit Airlines is planning to fly from MIA up to 30 domestic and international destinations starting on October 6, 2021.

Current Spirit routes from the FLL hub:

Frontier Airlines has also been expanding at MIA along with Southwest Airlines.

This will put increased pressure on American Airlines’ hub at MIA.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-271N WL N932NK (msn 10008) (Spirit Untamed) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 953897.

Spirit Airlines aircraft slide show:

DHL (EAT) adds Brussels – Miami freighter service

Miami International Airport made this announcement:

DHL subsidiary starts five weekly flights from leading European hub for meds and vaccines.

As preparations for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine continue worldwide, Miami International Airport welcomed on October 1, 2020 (top photo) the launch of more all-cargo flights from Brussels, Belgium – Europe’s leading hub for handling temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical (pharma) products such as vaccines. European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, began five weekly flights with Airbus A330-200F aircraft capable of carrying 65 tons per flight.

European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig’s LEJ hub:

EAT Leipzig’s new Brussels service follows launches by DHL Express and Amerijet, which began cargo flights between Brussels and MIA in March and April, respectively. Combined, the airlines now provide 13 weekly flights between the two pharma hubs. Brussels Airport and MIA were the first two airports in the world designated as Pharma Hub Airports by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and have been working on expanding their shared pharma route for the past decade. IATA’s Pharma Certification Program certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices.

Last year, MIA handled a total of $3.7 billion in pharma imports and exports, with Belgium ranking as one of MIA’s top 10 trade partners for pharma imports at $12.7 million. Belgium was also responsible for $30.9 million in pharma exports. Additionally, with 18% of MIA’s pharma imports coming from Europe and 80% of MIA’s exports going to Latin America and the Caribbean by volume, the new Miami-Brussels cargo flights adds more muscle to MIA’s already strong connections with its U.S., European, Latin American and Caribbean markets.

European Air Transport (EAT) Leipzig’s routes from the LEJ hub: