After years of design, testing, set-backs to overcome and a few last-minute weather delays, Saturday was the day aviation saw…
Spirit Airlines Expands in Atlanta
On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, Fort-Lauderdale based ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, announced that it would be launching nine new routes out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new routes will add service to Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa.
Eight of the nine routes will be served year-round after launch with Fort Myers being the one seasonal route, running from September 2015 to April 2016. With the addition of these 9 routes, Spirit will have a fly non-stop to 15 destinations from Atlanta. To date, Spirit has announced 37 non-stop routes that it will add to its rapidly growing network in 2015.
In a press release from the airline, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning, Mark Kopczak said, “2015 is going to be a blockbuster year for saving money on travel with Spirit Airlines. Spirit’s ultra-low Bare Fares™ plus Frill Control™ are sure to be a hit with cost conscious travelers in The Big Peach and the many cities we are linking it to with this new service.”
|Destination||Start Date||Aircraft||Operation Days|
|Cleveland (CLE)||May 7, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Las Vegas (LAS)||May 7, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Orlando (MCO)||May 7, 2015||Airbus A320||Daily|
|Baltimore (BWI)||June 15, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||June 15, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Tampa (TPA)||June 15, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||August 20, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Boston (BOS)||September 10, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
|Fort Myers* (RSW)||September 10, 2015||Airbus A319||Daily|
“We are thrilled that Spirit Airlines is offering additional options and service to new and existing destinations from Atlanta,” said Miguel Southwell, general manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “I’m confident that travelers will greatly appreciate the new service.”
Spirit is definitely making changes, but one could ask if these changes are for the better. Last year, the airline quietly revealed a new “all yellow” livery. Along with the bright livery, Spirit also announced that they will charge for boarding pass printing at the airport.
With these new routes, Spirit is growing its “ultra low cost” brand to other networks and cities.
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