Spirit Airlines is the second airline customer at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona. The low-cost airlines now compete on the route to Las Vegas, as celebrated by Vegas showgirls and Spirit’s Director of Sales, Michael Pewther.
- Spirit Airlines launched four new routes with its 145-seat A319s on 9 February. The low-cost airline expanded out of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) with three routes; each daily flights to Atlanta, GA (ATL), New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Orlando, FL (MCO). Competition to Atlanta comes from Delta’s 74 and American Airlines’ 62 weekly flights, while American competes on the LaGuardia and Orlando routes with 98 and 70 weekly flights respectively. “We welcome the addition of new Spirit Airlines service from DFW to Atlanta, Orlando and New York City, and we are pleased to see even more flights coming later this spring,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. “Spirit’s tremendous expansion at our Airport means that our passengers will benefit from having more travel options and more choices to fly.” The same day, Spirit also added a new airport to its network when the airline launched twice-daily flights from its Las Vegas, NV (LAS) base to Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA). This makes Spirit Airlines the second airline customer at Phoenix-Mesa after Allegiant Air, which also competes on the new route with its 12 weekly flights. “We are excited to welcome Spirit’s first flight from Las Vegas to Mesa,” City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. “Each new airline and each new destination shows that Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is excelling in the midst of and in spite of the struggling economy.”