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Spirit Airlines announces additional pilot and flight attendant crew bases in Miami and Atlanta

Spirit Airlines has announced the addition of new Pilot and Flight Attendant bases at Miami International Airport (MIA) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) for a total of nine crew bases across the network as the airline continues to add new planes and new airports. The crew bases are projected to initially open this summer once advance preparations are finalized. Spirit expects to locate more than 100 Pilots and more than 200 Flight Attendants at each base initially, with additional crew, supervisors and support functions to follow later in the year.

 

Crew Bases, also known as Home Bases, are the various airport stations where commercial Pilots and Flight Attendants normally begin and end their duty periods.

The new bases will complement Spirit’s existing crew bases in Atlantic City (ACY), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS) and Orlando (MCO).

Spirit’s presence at MIA started in October 2021 with service to nine destinations and grew to a total of 30 nonstop domestic and international routes in January 2022. Spirit’s big entrance at MIA made it the second largest carrier at the airport. At ATL, Spirit currently ranks as the third largest carrier for number of Guests flown and operates nonstop flights to 19 destinations.

(PRNewsfoto/Spirit Airlines, Inc.)

 

ITA Airways arrives in Miami to a water-cannon salute

Miami-Dade County and ITA Airways officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miami International Airport on March 1 to celebrate the launch of Rome-Miami service by the new national airline of Italy. 

ITA Airways is beginning the new service with three weekly roundtrip flights, which will grow to five weekly flights in April and then increase to daily flights in June.

Italy was one of MIA’s top 20 international markets before the pandemic, generating nearly 400,000 total passengers in 2019. Italy is not currently served by any other airline at MIA.

Aer Lingus to resume flights to Miami

Aer Lingus has announced that it will re-start its direct service from Dublin to Miami later this year. From October 21, 2022, customers will be able to travel direct to Miami with Aer Lingus operating two services per week until October 28, 2022 and three per week from October 29, 2022 to connect families, friends, and businesses back to the Sunshine State.

Aer Lingus is continuing to re-connect Ireland with the South-East of the US with its direct Dublin to Orlando route resuming last November, and the addition of the Miami route adds a second connection to Florida, an important destination for recreational travel from Ireland.

Aer Lingus provides 14 direct routes between North America and Ireland, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, and Philadelphia. The airline will be the only carrier offering direct flights between Ireland and West Coast USA, with daily flights to San Francisco recommencing on 25 February, daily flights to Los Angeles starting on 12 May and Seattle returning 5 times per week on 26 May. Flights to the USA from Shannon will start from 10th March, with 14 flights a week to New York and Boston.

 

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.

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.

 

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: