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Spirit Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Launch of Charleston, S.C., Flights with New Nonstop Las Vegas Route Announcement

04/05/2023

Daily, nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Newark and Philadelphia launch today, with the airport's only nonstop flights to Las Vegas starting September 2023

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MIRAMAR, Fla., April 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is adding bright yellow to Charleston's iconic Rainbow Row today with the launch of its new, nonstop service from Charleston International Airport (CHS). These new, convenient nonstop flight options deliver affordable fares to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR), and Philadelphia (PHL) and make it easier for East Coast travelers to experience the Southern charm behind this award-winning destination.

To celebrate the service launch, Spirit also announced an expansion with a new nonstop route to Las Vegas (LAS) starting in September. The new Las Vegas route will be the only nonstop flight connecting Charleston Guests to the popular entertainment destination. Spirit is offering an introductory fare on the new route, with one-way fares starting as low as $99* for travel September 7 – October 18, 2023.

"We're pleased to offer More Go for our Guests, and Charleston is one of those unique destinations that attract travelers year-round. These new, nonstop flights provide easy access to three major metro cities on the East Coast and make the city's rich history and coastal culture just a quick and affordable flight away," said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. "It's also exciting to announce new service to Las Vegas, which is unserved from Charleston today and in addition to being a popular destination provides a gateway to many other Western destinations in our Network."

Spirit Airlines Routes at Charleston (CHS):  

Destination:

Flights Available:

Launch Date:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

Daily

April 5, 2023

Las Vegas (LAS)  NEW

5x Weekly

September 7, 2023

Newark (EWR)

Daily

April 5, 2023

Philadelphia (PHL)

Daily

April 5, 2023

Spirit's new CHS Guests can sign up for the Free Spirit® loyalty program and enjoy the limited-time Double Points promotion for travel to/from CHS. To qualify, members must book by May 5, 2023 and travel by July 31, 2023.** Free Spirit® costs nothing to join and offers the fastest way to earn rewards and status.

"It's an exciting time at Charleston International Airport. We are pleased to have Spirit Airlines join us and even happier to have them announce more destinations on their first day of service for Charleston and the Lowcountry to enjoy," said Elliott Summey, executive director and chief executive officer of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. "Lowcountry travelers have long been asking for a route to Las Vegas and we are thrilled to have Spirit offer a new nonstop flight to the Entertainment Capital of the World." 

Spirit's Charleston service adds to the airline's long-time history in South Carolina. Spirit first entered the state more than 25 years ago with service from Myrtle Beach (MYR). The airline currently offers 17 peak-day daily departures in South Carolina. In addition to the new service from CHS, Spirit is launching seasonal nonstop flights to Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), and Rochester (ROC) from Myrtle Beach this May.

"Spirit's investment in the Charleston market increases the affordability and convenience of daily flights to two of our top areas of visitor origin - the Northeast and Florida. Their confidence in our market since announcing the first three routes is evidenced by the addition of Las Vegas service, improving access between the Lowcountry and western U.S.," said Helen HIll, Chair of the Aviation Authority and CEO of Explore Charleston. "These routes are about more than advancing our role as a destination. Experience tells us that more flights to more destinations enhance the quality of life for citizen's in the Charleston area as well. This is an exciting occasion for Charleston International and this iconic region we call home. The significance of an additional airline serving Charleston International cannot be overstated. We welcome Spirit and appreciate their commitment to our market."

The Spirit Charitable Foundation commemorated its new service in Charleston with a sizable donation to  Friends of Fisher House Charleston, a nonprofit focused on providing temporary accommodations to veterans and their families while the veteran is receiving medical attention at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

"Friends of Fisher House Charleston is humbled by the generous support of Spirit. This donation will directly benefit our Veterans and their caregivers, taking care of their needs as they have done for us," said Joshua Strimple, President of Friends of Fisher House Charleston. "Our mission is to allow our families to focus on healing and creating a family environment for our Veterans and their caregivers because family is the best medicine! We could not accomplish this without the support of organizations like Spirit!"

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Spirit's Elevated Guest Experience
Spirit continues its commitment to invest in the Guest, which entails a number of initiatives aimed at delivering the best value in the sky:

  • Spirit's Fit Fleet® is one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, with many more brand-new planes projected for delivery in 2023.

  • Recently announced more cabin enhancements with wider seats, added cushion, new headrests, and upgrades to our unique Big Front Seat®.

  • Fast onboard Wi-Fi that allows Guests to watch content from streaming services.

Recognition
Spirit was recognized by Forbes as one of America's Best Employers for Diversity 2022 following its active efforts to create and celebrate a diverse workplace environment. Spirit also recently received the top ranking in its category in both the Port of Seattle Fly Quiet Awards and the LAX Fly Quieter Program. Aviation Week Network's Air Transport World (ATW) named Spirit Airlines the Value Airline of the Year as part of the ATW 2023 Airline Industry Achievement Awards. Spirit was also recognized for safety with the FAA's "Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award of Excellence" for the fourth consecutive year.  

*14-day advanced purchase required, travel dates 9/6/2023 – 10/18/2023, no blackout dates, subject to availability.

**To qualify for the CHS Free Spirit® Double Points promotion you must (i) be a Free Spirit® member; (ii) book travel on a Qualifying Flight Segment. A "Qualifying Flight Segment" is a trip originating from/to Charleston-CHS on a flight operated by Spirit Airlines and booked by May 5 with travel completed by July 31, 2023. Free Spirit® Double Bonus Points will be automatically added to your account for every Qualifying Flight Segment Bonus points will post to the member's account two to four weeks after the Qualifying Flight Segment. Bonus points earned through the CHS Free Spirit® Double Bonus Point promotion do not count toward Status qualification or accrue SQP's. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions and conditions may apply."

About Spirit Airlines: 

Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments, refreshments and Wi-Fi — something we call À La Smarte®. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the United States. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, making it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. We are committed to inspiring positive change in the communities where we live and work through the Spirit Charitable Foundation. Come save with us at spirit.com.

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