Spirit Airlines launches new route from Las Vegas to Oakland

Cake of the Week:
Spirit Airlines’ Las Vegas to Oakland

Yes, it really is a cake! Oakland celebrated Spirit Airlines’ arrival to the airport with a Las Vegas route with a blackjack table-style cake. Posing with the cake were a Las Vegas showgirl; Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ Senior Director Network Planning; Deborah Ale Flint, Port of Oakland’s Director of Aviation; an Elvis tribute artist; Alicia Malone, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority’s PR Manager Leisure; and Omar R. Benjamin, Port of Oakland’s Executive Director.

Spirit Airlines’ first of the new flights at Chicago O’Hare was welcomed upon arrival from Boston.

Spirit Airlines’ first of the new flights at Chicago O’Hare was welcomed upon arrival from Boston.

At Dallas/Fort Worth, Spirit Airlines’ Chicago O’Hare route was welcomed with a cake and the airline’s Director Corporate Communications, Misty Pinson, was dressed for the occasion.

Wild Bill of Dallas and his crew helped Spirit Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle and fellow airline executives distribute free cowboy hats as they arrived on horse-drawn carriages on Michigan Avenue in central Chicago to promote the airline’s new service from O’Hare to Dallas/Fort Worth.

  • Spirit Airlines, the US ultra low cost carrier, launched five new routes on 18 August. Four of the routes are from the airline’s Chicago O’Hare (ORD) base, as detailed in this week’s airline analysis. Furthermore, Spirit Airlines began flying from Las Vegas, NV (LAS) to Oakland, CA (OAK) in the San Francisco Bay Area; a new destination in the Spirit Airlines network. Flights initially operate twice-daily, but frequencies increase to three times daily from 7 September. Similarly, all routes out of Chicago but the Detroit service increase by one daily frequency on the same date.
Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition (WF*)
Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Boston, MA (BOS) 7 A319 United (71), American Airlines (62), jetBlue (21)
Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) 14 A319 American Airlines (118), United (36)
Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Detroit, MI (DTW) 14 A319 Delta (51), American Airlines (48), United (47)
Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) 7 A319 American Airlines (107), United (95), Delta (76)
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) Oakland, CA (OAK) 14 A319 Southwest (55)
*WF: Weekly Frequency (at the time of launch for the Spirit services)

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