Spirit Airlines launches Phoenix-Mesa route from Denver

  • Spirit Airlines launched three new US domestic routes on 4 October. From Denver, CO (DEN), the ultra-low cost airline added its second route to Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA) after its Dallas/Fort Worth route. Spirit previously also served Phoenix-Mesa from Las Vegas, but capacity is now moved to the new Denver service. Flights operate daily with the airline’s 145-seat A319s. Although the route currently is uncontested, Frontier Airlines will also launch daily flights between the two airports on 15 November. Lynn Kusy, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s Executive Director, said: “We’re grateful for Spirit’s commitment to Arizona and the Southeast Valley. Denver is one of the top requested destinations from Gateway Airport. The demand, combined with Gateway Airport’s ‘plane easy’ travel experience and Spirit’s ultra-low-cost fares, will result in a very successful route.” Spirit Airlines also continued expanding out of Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH), taking on network carriers by launching daily services to both Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) and Las Vegas, NV (LAS). On the Chicago route, United operates 79 weekly flights between its two hubs, while American Airlines competes with further 26 flights a week, and Spirit’s Las Vegas route is operated in competition with United’s 50 weekly flights. “McCarran International Airport is pleased that Spirit will offer new choices for travelers who wish to fly between Houston and Las Vegas,” said Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Deputy Director of Aviation for Clark County, Nevada. “Last year more than 300,000 visitors flew into Las Vegas from the Houston area, and we believe Spirit will help to further grow that number.”

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