Spirit Airlines now offering 18 daily flights and ultra low fares to 15 destinations non-stop from Dallas/Fort Worth

With last week’s launch of flights to Toluca near Mexico City, Spirit Airlines’ network of 15 routes from Dallas/Fort Worth now also includes international flights. The low-cost airline’s share of the Texan airport’s seat capacity is now nearly 3%.

Spirit Airlines the self-styled ultra low-cost carrier started four new routes from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) this week, bringing to 15 the number of destinations it serves non-stop from the Texas airport. Spirit only began operating at the airport last May but now operates 18 daily departures using its fleet of narrowbody Airbus aircraft. This means that the airline now accounts for 2% of all airport flights, and 2.8% of all seats operated at DFW. American Airlines remains the dominant carrier with almost 84% of flights and almost 83% of seat capacity.

Launch date Destination Current WF Competition (WF)
5 May 2011 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 14 American Airlines (42)
5 May 2011 Las Vegas (LAS) 14 American Airlines (70)
18 August 2011 Chicago O’Hare (ORD) 14 American Airlines (131), United (48)
9 February 2012 Atlanta (ATL) 7 American Airlines (72), Delta (79)
9 February 2012 New York LaGuardia (LGA) 7 American Airlines (98), Delta (44)
9 February 2012 Orlando (MCO) 7 American Airlines (70)
22 March 2012 Boston (BOS) 7 American Airlines (55), jetBlue (20)
22 March 2012 Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) 7
3 May 2012 Denver (DEN) 14 American Airlines (70), Frontier (44), United (34)
3 May 2012 Myrtle Beach (MYR) 3
4 May 2012 Tampa (TPA) 4 American Airlines (49)
21 June 2012 Detroit (DTW) 7 American Airlines (40), Delta (39)
21 June 2012 Portland (PDX) 7 American Airlines (35)
21 June 2012 San Diego (SAN) 7 American Airlines (63)
21 June 2012 Toluca (TLC) 7
Source: anna.aero new route database and Innovata for July
WF: Weekly frequency

American also competes with Spirit on 12 of its 15 routes with at least five daily flights on all routes where it does compete. On five of Spirit’s 15 routes it also competes with a second carrier (Delta on three routes and jetBlue and United on one each). The airline’s route to Denver faces direct competition from American, Frontier and United.

What they said

Spirit’s Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle and Dallas native said, “We are thrilled that customers from throughout the Metroplex and beyond have embraced Spirit’s ultra low fares. Thanks to their response, we’re proud to continue adding service to even more popular destinations in the US and now Toluca/Mexico City, our first international destination from DFW. We are here to save consumers money on travel and satisfy their need for low fares.”

Jeff Fegan, CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport said, “Spirit Airlines is clearly gaining a lot of traction in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, with new flights to San Diego, Portland, Detroit and Toluca, Mexico. The Toluca flight is the 49th international destination being served from DFW. The route has been of great interest to local business travellers and with Toluca being a Sister City to Fort Worth, it already has great support. Spirit’s growth here at DFW has been fast-paced and travellers are benefiting from these greater travel options.”


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