Florida-based Spirit Airlines has announced a large capacity expansion at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. Overall, Spirit plans to increase capacity on 16 different routes leaving from Florida starting from April 1 onwards.
Increases in flights will come from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport. The flight increases come in part from higher demand for low-cost flights offered by Spirit and the purchase of brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline has taken delivery of 20 of the new jets with the potential for 80 more.
Spirit will begin a new non-stop service from Ft. Lauderdale to Oakland, California, starting on April 22nd. This is the only non-stop flight available for this route. Spirit will also increase service to Detroit, Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach and Philadelphia.
In addition to the new and increased domestic flights, Spirit will increase flights to the Caribbean and South America. There will also be new flights from Fort Lauderdale, and the destinations include St. Croix, Guatemala City, San Salvador, and Colombia.
Spirit debuted in 2007 as an ultra-low-cost carrier. The airline struggled at first and was rated for several years by the DOT as having the worst on-time record in the industry. However, the airline has completely turned itself around and is experiencing significant growth. In 2019, Spirit was voted Best Low-Cost Airline of the Year at the CAPA Global Aviation Awards.
Spirit is committed to adding services and enhancing the passenger experience for its customers. Case in point, passengers will now enjoy new seating that has additional legroom, lumbar support, and more room in the middle seat for a more comfortable flight.