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Spirit Shakes-Up Summer Route Network

The ULCC is cutting 12 routes in favor of adding 11 more.

A Spirit A319 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit has announced a new route shakeup which will see the carrier cutting routes and adding new ones. Initially reported by Ishrion Aviation, the Mirimar, Fla.-based carrier will launch or resume 11 new routes and cancel 12 routes from its schedule. 

Route Cancelations

Boston and Cleveland were the most affected in the route shake-up, losing four and three routes respectively. According to Ishrion Aviation, these routes will continue to operate into the summer at which time they will end or were scheduled to resume and will not. 

Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to: 

  • Fort Meyers International Airport (RSW) 
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to: 

  • Fort Meyers International Airport (RSW)
  • Las Vegas Harry Ried International Airport (LAS)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to:

  • Las Vegas Harry Ried International Airport (LAS)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to: 

  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) to: 

  • Miami International Airport (MIA)

Memphis International Airport (MEM) to: 

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) to: 

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Route map of the services that will be axed by the carrier for the upcoming summer season. (Photo: gcmap.com)

 

New Routes

While the ultra-low-cost carrier will be cutting back on service, new routes will also be launched. Baltimore will be seeing the largest expansion having four new routes added, two of which will be transcontinental to the west coast. All routes listed below will launch in May, except for the Houston to Charlotte service which will launch on June 5.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) to:

  • Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)

Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to: 

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to: 

  • Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) to: 

  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
  • New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) 

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to:

  • Louisville Muhammed Ali International Airport (SDF)

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to: 

  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to:

  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)

New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to: 

  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Route map of service to be launched in the coming months by Spirit. (Photo: gcmap.com)

The addition and removal of flying comes at a time when the carrier is struggling with operational issues. Spirit operates an all-Airbus A320 series fleet, with new NEO aircraft being plagued by engine issues. This has led to previously announced route cancelations, most notably service to Tulum’s new airport in Mexico. 

Overall, the route changes resulted in a net gain of two routes from this announcement, taking effect over the summer.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 3:22 p.m. ET to remove route additions from Louisville that were only intended for the Kentucky Derby. 

Zach Cooke

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  • Zach Cooke

    Zach’s love for aviation began when he was in elementary school with a flight sim and model planes. This passion for being in the air only intensified throughout high school when he earned his Private Pilot Certificate. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, earning his certificates and ratings to later flight instruct and share his passion for aviation with others. He now resides in the North East living out his dream as an airline pilot.

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