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Spirit Scraps Tulum Service Plans in 2024

The airline originally planned to serve Tulum in March 2024.

Spirit’s first A321neo (Photo: Spirit Airlines)

Ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit canceled its plans to serve Tulum’s new airport starting in March 2024. Citing ongoing issues with its Pratt and Whitney engines, the carrier has postponed the service launch indefinitely.

“We are postponing the start date of our Tulum (TQO) service as we continue to manage operational constraints related to Pratt & Whitney GTF engine availability,” the airline said in a statement to Ishrion Aviation.

“We apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience and we’re reaching out to those with impacted travel plans to offer alternate flight options or a refund. We look forward to the opportunity to serve Tulum in the future and will share more once we have an updated schedule,” the statement continued.

The Miramar, Fla.-based airline originally planned to be one of the early U.S. carriers to land in Tulum with service from both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Both routes were slated to begin on March 28, 2024.

Both American and Delta plan to launch service to Tulum on March 28 from their respective hubs. United plans to begin service on March 31. 

Spirit continues to struggle with constraints around issues with the Pratt and Whitney GTF engines. The airline lost $183.7 million in the fourth-quarter of 2023.

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