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Jun 08, 2021 at 6:06 PM
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Saying demand for its flights is “strong and getting stronger,” Spirit Airlines has announced plans to expand to Miami International Airport. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
Spirit Airlines will fly out of Miami International Airport beginning this October, giving the low-cost carrier a presence at all three of South Florida’s major airports for the first time.
Spirit’s expansion to Miami will not result in any reduction of service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, “which remains our primary gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean along with offering service to dozens of destinations,” Spirit spokesman Field Sutton said.
“We are the largest airline at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and we intend to stay that way,” he said. “In fact, we’ll reach 100 departures per day at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood for the first time in July. The demand is there to support growth throughout South Florida. Our flying out of Miami is in support of continued expansion in the region.”
Spirit, based in Miramar, plans to fly from Miami to a wide range of U.S. and international destinations each day. Daily flights are scheduled to begin Oct. 6 to Atlantic City and Newark, N.J.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Bogota and Medellin, Columbia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
On Nov. 17, the airline plans to add daily flights to Barranquilla and Cali, Columbia; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Las Vegas; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Orlando; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; San Jose, Costa Rica; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Twice-daily flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport are scheduled to begin Nov. 17.
Guatemala City will be served four times weekly beginning Oct. 6; San Salvador, El Salvador will be served three times a week beginning Oct. 7.
The airline plans to begin flying to San Jose, Costa Rica, four times weekly beginning Nov. 17 and to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, three times weekly beginning Nov. 18.
Flight times and ticket prices will be announced later, the company said.
The expansion puts the company in seven of Florida’s 10 largest airports. Besides Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the others are in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Pensacola.