A view of Santa Monica from the air, taken on board the inaugural Spirit Airlines intra-Californian route from Oakland to Los Angeles. Flown double-daily, the service competes with Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
- Spirit Airlines has linked two party cities – New Orleans (MSY) and Las Vegas (LAS) – with a daily service. Competition on the 2,408-kilometre city pair comes from Southwest Airlines (double-daily). The world’s biggest LCC also provides the competition (90 weekly flights) on the second route started by Spirit this week, along with Delta Air Lines (44 weekly flights), the 542-kilometre, intra-Californian, double-daily hop between Oakland (OAK) and Los Angeles (LAX). Both routes were started on 12 November and both are flown by its 145-seat A319s. “We are extremely excited to have Spirit Airlines expand its low-fare service from Los Angeles,” said Deborah Flint, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports. “Today’s announcement further strengthens our strong relationship working with Spirit Airlines, giving our passengers more affordable options to travel and use our world-class facilities.” With these new services Spirit will offer daily non-stop service from Los Angeles to 18 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans (starting 14 April), Oakland, Philadelphia (starting 14 April), Phoenix (starting 8 April), Portland (starting 25 March) and Seattle-Tacoma (starting 24 March). “Getting to Las Vegas from New Orleans has never been easier or less expensive,” says Mark Kopczak, VP Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. “These flights are designed so our customers can maximise their time and spending money while they are in Las Vegas.”