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Going Global in Orlando! Spirit Airlines Announces Major International Expansion

Jun 14, 2018

Nine new international destinations and five new domestic routes begin in September 2018

MIRAMAR, Fla., June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  From a tranquil rain forest, to a bustling metropolis, to the crystal waters of the Caribbean, the options for exotic culture and cuisine are endless as Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) grows immensely in Orlando!  In an unprecedented expansion, starting October 4, 2018, Spirit will begin offering international service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to 11 new destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as 3 more domestic routes rolling out through the fall.  The announcement marks one of the largest expansions in the airline’s history and includes service to the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this announcement, Spirit will now provide additional service from Orlando to eight countries and two U.S. territories.  It comes just days after the airline announced new routes from Orlando to Asheville and Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Spirit will now provide the Orlando region with nonstop service to and from 38 destinations, with up to 49 daily flights across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.

“We have been proud to serve Orlando for 25 years, and after more than doubling service last year, we are so proud to be expanding there yet again,” said Bob Fornaro, Spirit’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Orlando is now one of our largest markets, and we have no plans on stopping our growth.  The region is not only a wonderful, family-friendly destination, but it is well-positioned to now serve as a gateway to the Carribean and Latin America.”

“Spirit Airlines has a long history here at Orlando International Airport, and today’s announced plans for more investment into this market are a direct reflection of that long-time business partnership,” said Stan Thornton, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Orlando to/from Starts: Frequency:
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) October 4 Daily
Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)* October 4 4x weekly
Panama City, Panama (PTY)* October 4 4x weekly
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)* October 4 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)* October 5 2x weekly
San José, Costa Rica (SJO)* October 5 4x weekly until Nov. 7
Daily from Nov. 8
San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)* October 6 2x weekly
Bogota, Colombia (BOG)*ǂ November 8 Daily
St. Thomas, USVI (STT) November 8 3x weekly
Medellin, Colombia (MDE)* November 9 2x weekly
Cartagena, Colombia (CTG)* November 10 2x weekly
Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) September 7 3x weekly until Nov. 7 
4x weekly from Nov. 8
Greensboro, North Carolina (GSO) September 7 3x weekly until Nov. 7
4x weekly from Nov. 8
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) November 10 2x weekly

With Spirit’s expanding network, the airline continues to improve its on-time performance and Guest satisfaction, while building upon its larger commitment to invest in the Guest experience.  The airline recently announced that state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will be installed on its entire fleet by summer of 2019.  Recent Department of Transportation data shows Spirit Airlines among the top carriers for on-time performance and baggage handling.  Guests can learn more about Spirit’s pledge to keep improving at InvestInTheGuest.com. To check out Spirit’s super low fares and vacation packages to the Caribbean, Latin America and other destinations head to spirit.com, and don’t forget to sign up to receive alerts on Spirit's email deals and special offers.

About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average more than 30% lower than other airlines†.  Our customers start with an unbundled Bare Fare™ and get Frill Control™ which allows them to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S.  We operate more than 500 daily flights to 67 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at spirit.com

*Subject to government approval.
†Based on data from the Department of Transportation and verified by an independent service.
ǂSales of nonstop flights between Orlando and Bogota will commence at a date to be announced in the near future.

Contact:
Derek Dombrowski
(305) 916- 6065
derek.dombrowski@spirit.com

En Español:
Manuel Jaquez
(954) 471-3686
manuel.jaquez@spirit.com

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Source: Spirit Airlines, Inc.