Spirit Airlines’ inaugural flight to Chicago O’Hare was celebrated on 1 May at Oakland Airport with another cake. The new service will be operated daily using the airline’s A319s.
- Spirit Airlines expanded its domestic offering with three new services, all of which were launched on 1 May and will be operated daily by its 145-seat A319s. The American ULCC inaugurated from Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP) the 1,664-kilometre sector to Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH) as well as the 1,506-kilometre route to Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), both being served until 1 November. Furthermore, Spirit commenced services from Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) to Oakland, CA (OAK). Only the two airport pairs launched from Minneapolis-St. Paul will face direct competition, from Delta Air Lines (35) and United Airlines (32) to Houston Intercontinental and Delta Air Lines (20) to Baltimore/Washington. Commenting on the route launch to Oakland, Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland, said: “We’re delighted that Spirit continues to grow its Bay Area base with new service to one of our largest un-served destination airports and to the popular Chicago market. This new daily flight will not only introduce a convenient new option for Bay Area travellers, but it will also open opportunities for more leisure travel to our region by providing easy and affordable access to the Bay Area’s most popular attractions.”