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In a fittingly musical press release, Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie announced six new routes from Nashville, Tennessee, while hunched over an acoustic guitar. The carrier’s expansion into the Music City includes flights between Nashville and Baltimore; Las Vegas; New Orleans and Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando.
Spirit’s service on those routes begins Oct. 10, except for the Tampa route, which launches Nov. 5.
Christie cited Nashville’s broad appeal as a tourist destination in detailing Spirit’s decision to add Nashville (BNA) to its network. Christie also touted Nashville’s market as a promising one for Spirit, saying in a statement: “We’re equally excited to bring our new Nashville-area guests to great destinations throughout the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean.”
Spirit’s expansion to Nashville continues a rapid growth spurt for the budget airline, which expanded its flight schedule and added numerous new cities to its route map during the past few years. Other new destinations joining Spirit’s network later this month are Charlotte (CLT), North Carolina, and the California cities Burbank (BUR) and Sacramento (SMF) beginning June 20.
Spirit’s arrival also was welcome news for officials at Nashville’s airport, which has been enjoying healthy growth of its own.
“We appreciate Spirit Airlines’ investment and confidence in our community, and we look forward to a successful collaboration as we grow our airport and generate economic activity for our region,” Doug Kreule, Nashville International Airport CEO, added in the statement.
Spirit, along with Frontier and Allegiant, is one of the nation’s three big “ultra-low-cost-carriers” (ULCCs) that charge extra for nearly everything beyond boarding the aircraft. The fee structure can be confusing for infrequent flyers, but Spirit’s low base fares offer great value for travelers on a budget — especially for those that can travel light.
For our tips on flying Spirit and the Free Spirit rewards program, check out The Points Guy’s guide to the airline here.
Feature Photo by Chris Sloan
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