February 7, 2012

Spirit Airlines Opens Crew and Maintenance Base at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Starting Twice Daily Non-Stop Service to Phoenix-Mesa

MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) today marked the official opening of its new crew and maintenance base at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

The new base is home to over 200 employees, including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.

"We are thrilled to open a new crew and maintenance base at McCarran International Airport as Spirit continues to bring on new aircraft and grow jobs in the markets we serve," said Spirit's Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre. "Las Vegas provides an excellent central location for Spirit's West Coast operation that has expanded over the past year."

In addition, Spirit is further expanding its Las Vegas operation this week with service to another new destination. Twice daily non-stop service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport begins February 9, 2012.

Spirit currently offers non-stop service to nine cities from Las Vegas, including Chicago (three/day), Dallas/Fort Worth (two/day), Detroit (three/day), Los Angeles (four/day), Oakland/San Francisco (two/day), Portland (two/day), San Diego (two/day), Phoenix-Mesa (two/day starting February 9, 2012), and Fort Lauderdale (one/day starting March 1, 2012).

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit's all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 175 daily flights to over 45 destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.

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CONTACT: Media Contacts:

         Misty Pinson

         Director, Corporate Communications

         misty.pinson@spirit.com

         954-628-4827/cell 954-918-9432

         

         Manuel Jaquez

         Senior Manager Commercial - Latin America

         manuel.jaquez@spirit.com

         954-628-4898


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