Spirit Airlines has announced it will begin flights between Charleston, W.Va. and Orlando, Fla. Yeager Airport saw its last flight to Orlando International Airport back in 2012 and since then, travelers have not had a nonstop link between the two cities. The new service, scheduled to begin in February 2020, will once again connect the two cities after an eight-year break.
The ultra-low-cost carrier will operate flights between the two cities three times per week, with flights scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Service will be year-round and operated with Spirit’s workhorse Airbus A320 family aircraft.
John Kirby, vice president of network planning for Spirit Airlines, spoke about the carrier’s excitement regarding the new route: “We’re excited to bring new nonstop service to Orlando, connecting West Virginia to the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando International Airport is the preferred gateway to the attractions, and Spirit’s new flights will help more families save money on travel to spend more on their dream vacation. Guests will also be able to take advantage of Spirit’s connecting flights through Orlando to other domestic and Caribbean destinations.”
While Orlando is a popular leisure destination with access to nearby attractions and Florida beaches, the city is also a Spirit Airlines focus city offering connections to the Caribbean and South America. From Charleston, a traveler can go as far south as Colombia on a single one-stop itinerary with the airline.
“Spirit Airlines’ decision to add this new year-round service opens a previously unserved market for local business and recreational travelers,” said Phil Brown, chief executive officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
The announcement of Spirit’s new service between Orlando and Charleston comes just four months after Yeager Airport completed a rebuild of its primary runway and Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) projects. Yeager Airport’s U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) grant will also be utilized by Spirit to market and initiate the new service, scheduled to begin on Feb. 14, 2020.
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