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Spirit Airlines is coming to Ponce, Puerto Rico

Spirit Airlines announced plans to serve Ponce via Mercedita International Airport (PSE), adding to existing options in San Juan (SJU) and Aguadilla (BQN).

Spirit is starting service at PSE with daily flights to Orlando (MCO) launching Feb. 16, 2022. MCO is one of Spirit’s largest airport operations with around 70 flights each day, which will provide one-stop options between PSE and more than a dozen cities throughout the country.

Spirit Airlines One-Stop Options to/from PSE: 

Atlanta (ATL)

Baltimore (BWI)

Cleveland (CLE)

Columbus (CMH)

Detroit (DTW)

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Hartford-Bradley (BDL)

Houston (IAH)

Minneapolis (MSP)

Nashville (BNA)

New Orleans (MSY)

Pensacola (PNS)

Philadelphia (PHL)

Pittsburgh (PIT)

Spirit flew its first flights to Puerto Rico in 2001 when it inaugurated service to San Juan. The airline followed up in 2007 with an expansion to Aguadilla. Adding Ponce will provide Spirit’s Guests with eight nonstop route choices for travel between airports throughout Florida and Puerto Rico.

Spirit Airlines celebrates first flight at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport by adding nonstop route to Myrtle Beach

Spirit Airlines’ bright yellow planes touched down at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) for the first time on October 7 as the Airport celebrated the arrival of their new carrier. The airline brought more exciting news with them, announcing the addition of a seasonal, nonstop route to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) starting April 20, 2022.

Spirit Airlines is the first new airline at MHT in 17 years and marks an exciting new period of expansion for MHT. Myrtle Beach, their newest addition, marks the first time MHT has had a nonstop flight to the state of South Carolina.

Spirit’s nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) from MHT started on October 7. In just six weeks, Spirit’s nonstop service to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) will begin on November 17 and 18, respectively.

To celebrate, the Airport pulled out all the stops and threw a big inaugural flight celebration at Spirit’s new gate, Gate 1. As part of the inaugural celebration, the airline provided Free Spirit vouchers to every passenger on the inbound FLL and outbound MCO flights. The vouchers are worth 1,000 points and can be redeemed on future Spirit flights.

Airport officials, Spirit officials and the passengers on the first outbound flight celebrated at Gate 1 as they waited with anticipation for the first Spirit plane to arrive. While waiting, they enjoyed a celebration of Florida-themed activities, starting at Spirit’s ticket counter with colorful floor stickers that led the way to Gate 1. Passengers took photos at a giant flip flop photo station, enjoyed a custom-designed, three-tiered cake from Frederick’s Pastries, and received inaugural flight certificates and other giveaway items.

At 4:30 p.m., all eyes turned outside to watch Spirit’s first plane touch down. The plane, arriving from Fort Lauderdale, received a “water salute”—a traditional airport welcome for new airlines or routes. Spirit Team Members assisted in the ribbon cutting at Gate 1.

Inbound passengers arriving at MHT enjoyed a New Hampshire fall-themed entrance into the Airport, with fall décor, Starbucks pumpkin spice coffee, apple cider donuts from NH Doughnut Co., and VisitNH giveaway items.

MHT and Spirit first announced the new carrier and flights on June 16, 2021.

AerCap signs lease agreements with Spirit Airlines for 20 Airbus A320neo family aircraft

AerCap has announced that it has signed agreements with Spirit Airlines for the lease of 20 new Airbus A320neo Family aircraft.

All twenty aircraft are scheduled to begin delivery in 2022 with deliveries continuing through 2023 and 2024.

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:

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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.

NBC: Spirit Airlines says New Jersey jet fire caused by ‘large bird’ flying into engine

From NBC:

“Passengers were taken off a Spirit Airlines plane in New Jersey on Saturday evening after a jet fire forced the pilots to abort takeoff.

A flight that was meant to take off from Atlantic City International Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was accelerating when “what is believed to be a large bird” flew through the engine and caused the fire, Spirit Airlines said in a statement.”

Read the full article:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/spirit-airlines-says-new-jersey-jet-fire-caused-large-bird-n1280641

ALC announces lease placement of 10 new Airbus A321-200neos and sale and lease-back of 5 new Airbus A320-200neos with Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-271N WL N927NK (msn 9075) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954948.

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced long-term lease placements for ten new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft and sale and lease-backs of five new Airbus A320-200neo aircraft with Spirit Airlines.

The five A320neos are scheduled to deliver to Spirit Airlines in 2021 and 2022 and will be owned by one of ALC’s managed aircraft ventures through funds managed by Waterfall Asset Management.

The ten A321neos are scheduled to be delivered to Spirit Airlines from ALC’s order book with Airbus beginning in 2023 through 2024.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-271N WL N927NK (msn 9075) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954948.

Spirit Airlines aircraft slide show:

Spirit Airlines says canceled flights cost it $50 million, hurt bookings

From the Associated Press:

“Spirit Airlines said Monday the cancellation of more than 2,800 flights over an 11-day stretch this summer cost the budget airline about $50 million in lost revenue and caused spending to soar.”

Read the full report:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/spirit-airlines-says-canceled-flights-cost-it-2450-million-hurt-bookings/ar-AANoy1d?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie apologizes for all of the cancellations

Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie has apologized for around 1,800 cancellations this week stranding passengers.

He blamed staffing shortages, technology problems and a surge in travel for the cancellations.

More from CNBC:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/06/spirit-airlines-ceo-on-what-caused-the-carriers-meltdown.html

NBC News: Mayhem for airline passengers and crew as ‘hot vax summer’ turns into ‘hot mess’

The summer of “Vax Happiness” for U.S. airlines with renewed bookings is turning into an operations challenge for some airlines, especially for Spirit Airlines and American Airlines.

From NBC News:

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/mayhem-airline-passengers-crew-hot-vax-summer-turns-hot-mess-n1275947

Message from Spirit Airlines on social media:

Spirit Airlines experiences a third day of cancellations

More problems for Spirit Airlines – a third day of major cancellations – over 690 flights cancelled nationwide since Monday. From the SunSentinel in Fort Lauderdale:

Spirit Airlines slammed for third straight day, canceling more than half its flights (msn.com)