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Spirit Airlines and San José Mineta International Airport Partner in Bid for New, Low-Fare Service to Washington's Reagan National Airport


Proposed service would introduce low-fare competition and create the only nonstop service between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

DANIA BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE), in partnership with San José Mineta International Airport (SJC), today announced it will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch new, nonstop service between SJC and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Spirit is pursuing the one round-trip for limited incumbents authorized at DCA through the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024. 

If approved, the new route will provide travelers with the only nonstop, low-fare service between Silicon Valley and the nation's capital. The service would also boost competition by introducing a low-fare competitor and offering Bay Area travelers more choices to reach the Washington, D.C. area. San José is one of the largest cities in the nation without nonstop service to Washington, D.C., and this new flight from SJC would offer a closer, more convenient option for millions of residents.

"Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., share significant ties in the technology industry. New nonstop flights between the airports that sit at the heart of these two communities would make travel easier and foster opportunity for better collaboration between these influential markets," said Matt Klein, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Spirit Airlines. "Our San José Guests have truly embraced Spirit during our first year of service at SJC, and we appreciate the support from the SJC team and our community partners in pursuing this new service."

"In today's digital age, there is perhaps no place more important for our national leaders to access than the capital of Silicon Valley," said San José Mayor Matt Mahan. "San José is home to the experts and entrepreneurs at the forefront of AI, data privacy and CHIPs Act implementation who are writing the code for the future and establishing best practices to navigate that future."

"We're excited to partner with Spirit to secure highly demanded, nonstop service between SJC and DCA," said SJC Director of Aviation Mookie Patel. "DCA is a uniquely well-positioned gateway to both the center of federal decision-making in Washington and the booming tech center in the surrounding region. Together with SJC's unmatched reliability and convenience for Silicon Valley – and Spirit's low fares – this proposed service will provide travelers between two important markets with an exceptional customer experience end-to-end."

Spirit launched service at SJC in June 2023 and currently offers nonstop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS) and San Diego (SAN).  

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:

  • NEW! No change or cancel fees for all Guests.
  • Spirit's Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry.
  • 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.

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  

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