Spirit Airlines Announces Next Phase of Expansion

Ultra Low Cost Carrier Introduces Five New Cities and 11 New Routes

$9 Introductory Fares* (each way based on round trip purchase) Available at www.spiritair.com

MIRAMAR, Fla.--()--Spirit Airlines is introducing 11 new non-stop routes in the next phase of the ultra low cost carrier’s expansion as it today announced service to five new cities.

Spirit’s Fort Lauderdale expansion includes non-stop service to the following five new markets:

  • Plattsburgh, NY (serves Montreal, Canada) – four weekly non-stops starting January 14, 2011.

    Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh is centrally positioned near Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Canada, offering upstate New Yorkers and Canadians easy access to ultra low fares throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

  • Niagara Falls, NY (serves Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada) – three weekly non-stops starting January 27, 2011.

    In addition to Niagara Falls being a tourist destination in itself, the Niagara Falls International Airport is also conveniently located near Buffalo, New York, and just across the border from Toronto, Canada, offering upstate New Yorkers and Canadians easy access to ultra low fares throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

  • Latrobe, PA (serves greater Pittsburgh area) – four weekly non-stops starting February 12, 2011.

    Located in southwestern Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.

  • Charleston, WV – three weekly non-stops starting March 3, 2011.

    State Capital serving all of West Virginia.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – twice daily non-stops starting May 5, 2011.

    In addition to the non-stop service, the new schedule provides two daily one-stop same aircraft options for customers traveling between Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas.

Spirit’s Myrtle Beach expansion includes non-stop service the following five new markets:

  • Washington, DC (Reagan National/DCA, Washington’s close-in airport) – daily non-stop starting May 5, 2011.
  • Plattsburgh, NY – four weekly non-stops May 5, 2011.
  • Niagara Falls, NY – three weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
  • Latrobe, PA – four weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.
  • Charleston, WV – three weekly non-stops starting May 5, 2011.

Spirit started regular scheduled Myrtle Beach service in 1996 and currently offers on average 11 daily non-stop flights from Myrtle Beach to seven major destinations in peak season, including: Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, New York LaGuardia and Fort Lauderdale, as well as connections to more than 25 additional cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

To celebrate the expansion, Spirit is offering $9 introductory fares* (each way based on round trip purchase) available today and tomorrow only at www.spiritair.com.

“I commend Spirit Airlines for its continued commitment to our airport and to South Florida. By adding these new destinations it gives our passengers more ultra low fare choices,” said Kent George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department. “Thank you for helping make FLL the fastest growing airport in Florida and the fourth fastest in the country.”

“Every time Spirit adds service, it adds a smile to Fort Lauderdale,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our hometown airline has played a large part in our tourism success and we are delighted that they are continuing to grow and play an even larger role in our future growth.”

“It’s extremely exciting for us to have Spirit continue to invest in Myrtle Beach with these additional non-stop destinations,” said Michael La Pier, A.A.E., Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport. “This commitment is indicative of Myrtle Beach’s position as a world-class, value-driven destination with great appeal for airlines and visitors alike. Our community has worked extremely hard to increase air service and we are particularly excited to see daily service to Washington, D.C. via Reagan National. This will be a great benefit to our residents as well as provide more opportunity for increased tourism.”

“The availability of affordable transportation into the Myrtle Beach area is crucial to building our tourism economy and greatly enhances our ability to market in challenging economic times,” said Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB. “We’re very pleased to see Spirit Airlines expand non-stop air service into Myrtle Beach International Airport while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with low fare options.”

“Spirit’s decision to add service to five new markets, including the nation’s capital, is a testament to the appeal of Myrtle Beach, and the success we’ve had partnering with Spirit in the past,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “With daily service out of Washington, D.C., there will be daily, non-stop flights to Myrtle Beach from every major city in the Northeast. We look forward to a record number of golf bags coming through Myrtle Beach International Airport next year.”

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (www.spiritair.com) is the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. As the unbundling leader in the industry, Spirit allows consumers the option of paying only for the features they value without subsidizing the choices of others. Its all-Airbus fleet flies more than 150 daily flights to 40 destinations. The company is based in South Florida.

In addition to the today’s new route announcements, Spirit begins new service between Chicago and Las Vegas on November 11, 2010, and new service between Chicago and Atlantic City begins March 3, 2011.

Media Note:

Spirit aircraft photos and video b-roll is available at http://marketing.spiritair.com/press.

**Individual travel-date specific fares must be booked on spiritair.com by 11:59PM ET on October 29, 2010 for travel on the dates as specified by individual market and by market direction. Fares are for coach class travel unless otherwise specified and reflect the spiritair.com discount. Fares are each way based on roundtrip purchase, and roundtrip travel is required, but these fares may be combined with other valid and applicable Spirit Airlines fares on other dates of travel. To view and obtain these fares you must be logged in as a member of the Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club -- if not already enrolled, please go to www.spiritair.com for details on how to become a member of the Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club. Not all markets are operated on a daily basis during the travel period, or necessarily for the entire travel period -- please see spiritair.com for details. All fares include a Passenger Usage Fee of $8.00 per passenger per direction. For travel prior to August 1, 2010, all customers are allowed one free carry-on bag. Fees for checked bags paid in advance online at www.spiritair.com are $19 each way for the first bag only. The fee for Bag 2 is $25 each way, and items 3 thru 5 are $100.00 per item each way. When paying at the airport, fees for the first and second bags are $25 per bag each way. For travel on or after August 1, 2010, fees for checked bags are as follows: 1st and 2nd domestic checked bags are $15 in advance at www.spiritair.com for Spirit $9 Fare Club members; $25 without membership. 1st and 2nd international checked bags are $20 in advance at www.spiritair.com for Spirit $9 Fare Club members; $30 without membership. Carry on bags purchased at the Spirit Airlines Ticket Counter on day of departure will be subject to a fee of $30. Carry on bags purchased at the gate immediately prior to departure will be subject to a fee of $45. Carry-on bags are $20 in advance with $9 Fare Club membership; $30 without membership. Personal items that fit under the seat are free, such as a purse, briefcase, backpack or laptop computer. Dimensions must not exceed 16 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches. New personal item bag sizers will be available at every Spirit airport location. There is no charge to check wheelchairs, strollers, car seats, or other assistive devices. Items that are overweight or oversized will continue to be weighed and sized at the airport, and fees collected when checking in. Golf club and boxes/containers are acceptable and can be prepaid online provided they meet weight and or size restrictions. Additional bags can be pre-purchased at any time provided inventory is available. (No less than one (1) hour prior to departure). All checked baggage fees are non-refundable. Customers involved in a stop-over flight that involves a connection of over 4 hours will be charged based on point to point travel. All fares listed on spiritair.com are per customer for each way of travel and include the base fare plus a federal excise tax and all fuel surcharges. Fares do not include (a) a segment tax of $3.70 per U.S. domestic flight segment (a flight segment is defined as one takeoff and landing) of a passenger’s itinerary; (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport charges; or (c) a September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. International itineraries do not include governmental taxes and fees (including U.S. government excise tax) of up to $125 per round trip. Additionally, if sold in, or travel originates in a country outside of the U.S., additional taxes may apply (up to 22% of the fare value per country). Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or on all days, and will be highly restricted around certain holiday periods. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these new sale fares. Certain restrictions apply. For best results, please book early. Please go to www.spiritair.com for a complete list of Spirit Airlines’ travel policies and Contract of Carriage.

Contacts

Spirit Airlines
Misty Pinson, 954-628-4827 or cell 954-918-9432
misty.pinson@spiritair.com
or
Manuel Jaquez (Latin America & Caribbean), 954-628-4898
manuel.jaquez@spiritair.com

Contacts

Spirit Airlines
Misty Pinson, 954-628-4827 or cell 954-918-9432
misty.pinson@spiritair.com
or
Manuel Jaquez (Latin America & Caribbean), 954-628-4898
manuel.jaquez@spiritair.com