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Spirit to add two new Caribbean routes

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAX. Image: 936340.

Spirit Airlines beginning on November 8, 2018 will start daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic*.

On December 20, Spirit will grow again and begin nonstop seasonal service between Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica* running three times weekly.

The expansion announcement will mark the first direct international service from Newark for Spirit and will serve as a direct connection for friends and relatives living in both the Tri-State area and the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, Detroit’s new service to Montego Bay will complement existing international service from the Motor City to Cancun, Mexico.  Both new routes will strengthen Spirit’s growing network.

In June, Spirit announced it was launching nearly a dozen new routes from Orlando, Florida to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Newark (EWR) to/from Starts: Frequency:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)* November 8 Daily, year-round
Detroit (DTW) to/from
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)* December 20 3x weekly, seasonal
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) Existing service Up to Daily, year-round

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Spirit Airlines to become first ultra-low cost carrier in the Americas to offer Wi-Fi

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941698.

Spirit Airlines has made this announcement:

Guests on Spirit Airlines will soon be able to watch, stream, surf and text from 30,000 feet. Spirit Airlines is signing an agreement today to install Wi-Fi on all of its planes by summer 2019, giving even more options to Guests to enhance their inflight experience. Spirit operates the newest aircraft fleet in the country, our Fit Fleet®, and will also become the first ultra-low cost carrier in the Americas to offer Wi-Fi.

“We’re thrilled to enhance the inflight Guest experience with the addition of new-generation Wi-Fi,” said Ted Christie, Spirit Airline’s President. “By next summer, every plane in our fleet should be fully equipped to keep our Guests connected in the skies. It’s just one of the many investments we’ve made and will continue to make for our Guests.”

Spirit Airlines Wi-Fi technology partner, Thales Group, a global technology leader for decisive moments in aerospace, defense and security, and transportation markets, is bringing the high-end Ka-band HTS (High Throughput Satellite) system onboard the aircraft. The technology will bring Spirit Guests high-speed web browsing and streaming experiences similar to what they would find at home. In 2021, the state-of-the-art technology will get even better, with the launch of SES-17, a new satellite operated by SES and built by Thales Alenia Space, which will increase speeds and coverage to an unprecedented level in the industry. Spirit Wi-Fi is projected to provide service coverage immediately for 97% of Spirit’s routes upon entry into service.

“Thales is proud to be partnering with Spirit to mark a new era of Guest experience in connectivity and bring solutions that make tomorrow possible today,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO of Thales InFlyt Experience. “We are focused on supporting Spirit’s mission and helping to shape new opportunities as we work together to provide an exceptional passenger experience.”

Spirit will offer high-speed web browsing and streaming options starting with an average price of $6.50, with a cost range expected to be lower or higher based on the route and demand.

Spirit’s Commitment to Invest in the Guest
Spirit Wi-Fi is one of many improvements coming up for the airline, as part of its pledge to keep improving and Invest in the Guest.

“We understand that flying for as little money as possible is only part of our promise,” said Christie. “We promise to go further. We’ll continue to listen to our Guests, and they’ll continue to see our dedication to improving service for them. We’ll keep adding exciting new destinations, improving our check-in process, frequent flier program and inflight experience, as well as continuing to dedicate ourselves to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

Christie introduced Spirit’s Invest in the Guest pledge with the announcement of Wi-Fi installation.

“Our promise is to keep going, to keep improving, and to invest in our Guests,” said Christie as part of the pledge. “We intend to improve our Guests’ experience every chance we get.”

A video message by Spirit Airlines President Ted Christie delivering the Guest pledge, information on improvements made by Spirit, commitments to Guests, and future initiatives can be found at InvestInTheGuest.com.

Spirit wants to hear directly from Guests about new ways to keep improving. Guests who share their thoughts or requests at InvestInTheGuest.com will be entered to win free round-trip tickets.

Spirit Airlines’ Guest Commitments
Spirit Airlines is committed to improving the Guest experience and unveiled the following Guest commitments:

• Performance Promise – The commitment to get Guests to their destinations on time.

  • Spirit is one of the top airlines for on-time performance, according to DOT statistics over the past several months.
  • With the youngest planes in the U.S., Spirit has added 12 brand-new planes in the last six months to their Fit Fleet® to get Guests where they are going safely and reliably.  Spirit consistently ranks as one of the most fuel-efficient airlines in the U.S.

• Improving the Experience – The commitment to improve every aspect of Guests’ journey based on feedback.

  • All Flight Attendants now attend a robust inflight Guest Service Training Program developed in partnership with a world-class hospitality leader. This program will roll out to all of Spirit’s airport teams this summer, in a continued effort to better serve our 23 million Guests annually.

• À La Smarte – The commitment to give Guests more choices when it comes to how they fly and how they save.

  • Spirit’s latest technology initiatives allow Guests to have more control over their booking, check-in and travel experience, including a mobile-friendly website, Spirit Check-In App, new airport kiosks and self bag tagging.
  • This year, Spirit expanded its network to include Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Va., Guayaquil, Ecuador, Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in addition to adding even more routes to some of the best vacation destinations in the world.

• Giving Spirit – The commitment to give back to the communities where Spirit lives and works.

  • This year, Spirit has supported more than 100 charities and community organizations with countless flights and volunteer hours.

About Thales Group:
The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today.  From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of $18 billion in 2017.

For more than 100 years, Thales has conducted significant research and development, manufacturing, and service capabilities in the U.S. Today, Thales is present in 13 states operating 23 different facilities.  Working closely with US customers and local partners, Thales is able to meet the most complex requirements for every operating environment.

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Spirit Airlines to connect Atlantic City and New Orleans

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

Spirit Airlines has announced new nonstop service connecting Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Beginning April 13, 2018, Spirit will operate 4 flights per week between the two popular vacation destinations.

Spirit Airlines has been providing nonstop flights and low fares from Southern New Jersey for more than 27 years at Atlantic City International Airport. From Atlantic City, Spirit currently operates 10 flights per day to 6 cities, including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. On April 12, 2018, Spirit will also resume its daily seasonal service to Atlanta.

In New Orleans, Spirit will begin seasonal nonstop service from Columbus, OH, beginning on March 22, 2018. Spirit also recently started service to New Orleans from Boston, Newark/New York, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Spirit now operates 19 daily flights from New Orleans to 17 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

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Spirit Airlines announces two new international destinations from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it is adding more service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport next year with five new routes to some of the world’s most unique destinations.

Beginning on March 22, 2018, Spirit will start daily nonstop service to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the Gateway to the Galapagos (pending government approval).

On April 12, 2018, Spirit will also begin nonstop service to the Cap-Haïtien International Airport, Haiti’s second largest airport, adding to Spirit’s existing service to Port-au-Prince.

These new flights join three other recently announced nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, including service to Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and Seattle/Tacoma. The new service includes:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to/from Start Date Frequency
Columbus, OH (CMH) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Richmond, VA (RIC) March 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) March 22, 2018 Daily, year-round
Cap Haitien, Haiti (CAP) April 12, 2018 3x weekly, year-round
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal

This will bring Spirit up to 65 daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to 54 destinations in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Spirit’s team at its hometown airport also keeps growing with 200 team members hired this year and 20 more in training right now.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

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Spirit Airlines adds Columbus, Ohio to its growing network

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

Spirit Airlines will arrive at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) on February 15, 2018 with new nonstop service to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas, Tampa and Fort Myers. New seasonal service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach will start on March 22, 2018, providing Columbus with a total of seven new routes to the country’s best vacation hotspots. The new service includes:

Columbus (CMH) to/from Start Date Frequency
Orlando (MCO) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Las Vegas (LAS) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Tampa (TPA) February 15, 2018 Daily, seasonal (ends 4/11/18, resumes 11/8/18
Fort Myers (RSW) February 15, 2018 Daily, seasonal (ends 4/11/18, resumes 11/8/18
New Orleans (MSY) March 22, 2018 3x weekly, seasonal (3/22/18 to 11/7/18)
Myrtle Beach (MYR) March 22, 2018 4x weekly, seasonal (3/23/18 to 11/7/18)

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

Spirit Airlines launches Houston – Cancun flights, the first international service from Houston

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Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (May 7) launched its first of several new flights to Latin America from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with new service to Cancun, Mexico.

Spirit will add six additional Latin American destinations in the coming days, with nonstop service to Los Cabos, Mexico; Toluca, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador available.

The debut is part of the steady growth by Spirit, which announced last year the addition of 10 new non-stop destinations out of IAH, bringing its total of routes served to 22. This includes expanded domestic service to Tampa and Baltimore/Washington, which began in March, and nonstop service to Oakland/San Francisco, which began in April.

The expansion nearly doubled the nonstop service offered by Spirit from Bush Intercontinental, adding to a roster that already includes flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego. The new routes will make Spirit one of the busiest carriers operating out of IAH.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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Spirit Airlines to add nine new cities from Atlanta

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is building up again its presence at Atlanta with nine new routes. The ultra low-fare airline just issued this statement:

Spirit Airlines continues its dramatic growth in 2015. Today the carrier known for its crazy low fares will add additional service to and from nine new cities from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Spirit is thrilled to announce the following new daily, nonstop routes from Atlanta:

Atlanta to Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Orlando beginning May 7, 2015

Atlanta to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Tampa beginning June 18, 2015

Atlanta to Los Angeles beginning August 20, 2015

Atlanta to Boston and Fort Myers beginning September 10, 2015

With these additional routes, Spirit Airlines will operate nonstop flights from Atlanta to 15 cities. Current routes from Atlanta include: Atlantic City, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Houston.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) arrives in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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Spirit Airlines to start Denver-Los Angeles flights on April 16, 2015

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today announced new daily nonstop service between Denver and Los Angeles beginning on April 16, 2015.

Spirit will operate one flight daily between Denver and Los Angeles.

In addition to this new service, Spirit recently announced that nonstop service between Denver and San Diego will begin on January 6, 2015, as will a second daily flight between Denver and Chicago’s O’Hare
International Airport. Spirit also will begin nonstop service between Los Angeles and Cleveland on April 16, 2015.

From Denver (DEN), Spirit will offer nonstop flights to ten cities, including Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Las Vegas, Los Angeles (starting April 16), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Diego (starting January 16).

From Los Angeles (LAX), Spirit will offer nonstop flights to nine cities, including Chicago (O’Hare), Cleveland (starting April 16), Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver (starting April 16), Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Las Vegas, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) in the new livery lands in Las Vegas. Spirit Airlines, like others in the past, now has three active brands.

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FAA is investigating a near miss between a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 and a sky diving aircraft over Detroit

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) Airbus A319 operating a flight from Detroit (Metropolitan) to Dallas/Fort Worth on Sunday (June 30) was forced to take evasive action after takeoff when it came close to a sky diving aircraft over Detroit. According to reports, the aircraft came within 1.6 miles horizontally and 400 feet vertically.

Read the full report from ABC Channel 7: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) approaches Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood for landing.

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Spirit Airlines announces new seasonal service to Myrtle Beach from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that starting April 25, 2013, it is adding daily nonstop seasonal service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR).

Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and New York LaGuardia, and also recently announced it has moved up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach – and just in time for the Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend – including:

  • Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Chicago O’Hare starting February 14, 2013.
  • Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Detroit starting February 14, 2013.
  • Three weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area starting February 14, 2013, with service increasing to daily on April 25, 2013.
  • Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area starting February 15, 2013, with service increasing to four weekly flights on April 25, 2013.
  • Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, West Virginia starting March 2, 2013.

In addition, effective April 25, 2013, Spirit resumes seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach and the Plattsburgh, New York/Montreal Area and Dallas/Fort Worth, both with three flights per week.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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