Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Feb 29, 2012

Spirit Airlines Announces Service From Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago and Las Vegas

$28.79 Fares (each way based on roundtrip purchase)* Available at Spirit.com

Based on $9.00 base fare plus taxes and fees*

MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) today announced that it will start non-stop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Chicago O'Hare and Las Vegas. On May 31, 2012, Spirit will begin three daily non-stop flights between Minneapolis and Chicago, and daily non-stop service between Minneapolis and Las Vegas.

To celebrate, Spirit is offering $28.79 fares, which is a $9.00 base fare plus taxes and fees,* from Minneapolis to Las Vegas and Chicago (each way based on roundtrip purchase) available today and tomorrow at www.spirit.com.

"We are excited to bring our ultra low fares to the Twin Cities," said Spirit's Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle. "Our cheap fares and optional services have saved customers millions because we give consumers the freedom to choose only the extras they value and they only pay for what they use."

"I am very pleased to welcome Spirit Airlines to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and wish the airline every success here," said Dan Boivin, chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which owns and operates MSP and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. "Competition among airlines is good for consumers, and Spirit's unique low-fare business model provides a valuable alternative for cost-conscious travelers. It is a goal of the MAC to expand choices for the consumer with more options to more destinations while maintaining our commitment to sound environmental stewardship."

MAC Executive Director Jeff Hamiel noted, "Spirit Airlines is the fourth new carrier to announce service at MSP since 2008, highlighting the strength of the Minneapolis-St. Paul market for business and leisure travel services. Spirit's decision to join the MSP community further ensures the region will continue to enjoy not only some of the most abundant air service per capita in the nation but also healthy competition on key routes."

"Spirit Airlines' new service to Minneapolis-St. Paul enhances competition and expands options for travelers at O'Hare International Airport," said Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "In less than one year, Spirit has more than doubled its flight offerings from O'Hare with service to 11 destinations, including Minneapolis and Denver beginning in May. Spirit's rapid growth at O'Hare is in line with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's vision to maintain and grow the service offerings, economic impact and job creation of Chicago's airports."

"Minneapolis-St. Paul is currently the 12th-largest provider of air visitors to Las Vegas, sending approximately 700 travelers to McCarran International Airport each day," said Randall H. Walker, Director of Aviation for Clark County, Nevada. "Spirit's new service will provide more seats from this important market each day, greatly improving people's ability to travel between Las Vegas and Minnesota."

"We are excited to welcome the third new city this year to our ever-evolving partnership with Spirit Airlines," said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority. "Every new destination that is added to the schedule provides additional flexibility and more options for travelers."

Schedule for Spirit's Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) — Chicago O'Hare (ORD) service effective May 31, 2012:

  Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis — Chicago 6:25 am 7:50 am 612* 0 Daily
  11:10 am 12:35 pm 708* 0 Daily
  6:05 pm 7:30 pm 614* 0 Daily
Chicago — Minneapolis 9:00 am 10:20 am 761* 0 Daily
  4:05 pm 5:25 pm 773* 0 Daily
  8:15 pm 9:35 pm 763 0 Daily

*Effective June 1, 2012

Schedule for Spirit's Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) — Las Vegas (LAS) service effective May 31, 2012:

  Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis — Las Vegas 10:15 pm 11:45 pm 763 0 Daily
Las Vegas — Minneapolis 12:25 am 5:35 am 612* 0 Daily

*Effective June 1, 2012

Fares from $28.79* (each way, including taxes and fees, and based on roundtrip purchase):

  Each Way,
including taxes
and fees
Applicable Dates
Minneapolis — Chicago $28.79
($9 base fare)
4-Jun, 5-Jun, 6-Jun, 11-Jun, 12-Jun, 13-Jun
Chicago — Minneapolis $28.79
($9 base fare)
4-Jun, 5-Jun, 6-Jun, 11-Jun, 12-Jun, 13-Jun
Minneapolis — Las Vegas $28.79
($9 base fare)
3-Jun, 4-Jun, 5-Jun. 6-Jun, 11-Jun, 12-Jun
Las Vegas — Minneapolis $28.79
($9 base fare)
1-Jun, 5-Jun, 6-Jun, 7-Jun, 12-Jun, 13-Jun

 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 190 daily flights to over 45 destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.

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*Individual travel-date specific fares must be booked on spirit.com by 11:59 pm EST on March 1, 2012 for travel on the dates as specified by individual market and by market direction. Fares are based each way on roundtrip purchase and roundtrip travel is required, but these fares may be combined with other valid and applicable Spirit Airlines fares on other dates of travel. Lower fares generally available at the airport and are subject to availability. To become a member of Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club, visit www.spirit.com for membership details and Terms and Conditions. Not all markets are operated on a daily basis during the travel period, or necessarily for the entire travel period -- please see www.spirit.com for details.

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