Spirit Airlines is adding another new city to its route map

Jun 16, 2021

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Spirit Airlines’ route-map expansion continues.

On Wednesday, the Miramar, Florida-based carrier announced that it’ll soon touch down in Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT). Daily flights to both Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO) will take off on Oct. 7.

Later this year, Spirit will add flights from MHT to two more Florida destinations, Fort Myers (RSW) and Tampa (TPA), on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, respectively.

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Manchester marks the eleventh new city that Spirit has added in the past year. The carrier’s low-cost, leisure-focused business model has allowed the airline to expand rapidly, despite the ongoing pandemic. Two of the demand segments that have recovered fastest during the past few months including leisure flyers looking for outdoor-friendly escapes and those planning trips to visit family and friends.

With Spirit’s new service, local New Hampshire-based flyers finally have some good news. The airport is currently served by American, Southwest and United, and has seen declining passenger numbers for more than 15 years. Delta last served the market in May 2020, before suspending its three routes (to Atlanta, Detroit and New York/LaGuardia) altogether due to the pandemic.

Spirit’s flights to both Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers won’t face any competition. Southwest, however, already flies to both Orlando and Tampa.

The move to add flights to Manchester joins Spirit’s existing service from Boston (BOS), the region’s largest airport, located just about an hour drive from MHT. Cirium schedules show that Spirit is planning over 15 daily flights to more than ten destinations from Boston in the fall and winter of this year.

More: Spirit to enter Miami with 30 routes in major competitive shake-up

In recent weeks, Spirit has added a slew of new destinations and added frequencies, including flights to Louisville (SDF) and St. Louis (STL). The carrier also jolted the industry when it announced that it would enter Miami with 30 routes, quickly becoming the second-largest carrier at one of the nation’s largest airports.

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