Spirit Airlines launches North Carolina expansion

Tampa Airport celebrated the launch of Spirit Airlines’ inaugural services to Asheville and Greensboro in North Carolina by baking two special cakes. One was in the style of the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, built by George Vanderbilt, situated in the former North Carolina city, while the latter route launch saw a suitcase-inspired design. Pictured with the cake for the Asheville launch were: Chris Minner, EVP of Marketing and Real Estate, Tampa Airport; Edward Garduno, GM, Spirit Airlines; and Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa Airport. Posing with the Greensboro cake were the Floridian airport’s: Kelly Figley, Marketing Manager; Debbie Stokes, Marketing Coordinator; Maria Cook, Events Manager; and Trudy Brandvold, Marketing Specialist. Both cities are new destinations for Tampa.

Spirit Airlines Asheville

Spirit Airlines launched three new Floridian connections to Asheville this week, namely from Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. To commemorate flights, the North Carolina airport baked this fabulous four-tier wonder to herald the start of the ULCC’s three new services from the airport, with the routes being new links on the departure boards.

  • Spirit Airlines has launched nine new routes, of which five were previously unserved, with these routes also including the airline’s first flights to Asheville (AVL) and Greensboro (GSO) in North Carolina. The longest route, Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to San Salvador (SAL), spans 1,949 kilometres, whilst the shortest – Asheville to Orlando (MCO) – comes in at 787 kilometres. Spirit is certainly a carrier which is in expansion mode, having flown over 23.81 million passengers in 2017, up 13% versus the 21 million that it flew in 2016. What makes last year’s passenger total more impressive is that back in 2012 the carrier only transported 10.18 million people according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, under half the size of the airline’s traffic count in 2017.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
6-Sep Ashevillle (AVL) Tampa (TPA) A320 (2)  
Greensboro (GSO) Fort Lauderdale (FLL)  
Tampa (TPA)   
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) San Salvador (SAL) A319 (3) United Airlines (14), Avianca (7)
New York Newark (EWR) Atlanta (ATL)  A32S (7) Delta Air Lines (77), United Airlines (50)
7-Sep Ashevillle (AVL) Fort Lauderdale (FLL) A320 (3) Allegiant Air (6)
Orlando (MCO)  
Greensboro (GSO)  
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) Guatemala City (GUA) A319 (3) United Airlines (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 11 Sep. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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