Spirit Airlines will offer flights from West Virginia to Orlando
Spirit Airlines will connect its base in Orlando to West Virginia next year, offering nonstop service between the state capital of Charleston and the home of Disney World.
The ultra-low-cost carrier will offer thrice-weekly service between Charleston's Yeager Airport (CRW) and Orlando (MCO) starting Feb. 14, 2020, the Charleston airport said Tuesday. Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Airbus A320 jets.
“We’re excited to bring new nonstop service to Orlando, connecting West Virginia to the Theme Park Capital of the World,” John Kirby, vice president of network planning at Spirit, said in a statement. “Spirit’s new flights will help more families save money on travel to spend more on their dream vacation."
The airline already offers seasonal summer service between Charleston and Myrtle Beach (MYR), according to Cirium schedules.
One other airline already flies between West Virginia and greater Orlando. Allegiant flies from Huntington's Tri-State Airport, about 60 miles from Charleston, to Orlando's secondary Sanford airport (SFB). Sanford is farther than MCO from Orlando and most of the region's main attractions.
As for Charleston, AirTran Airways was the last airline to fly nonstop to Orlando, Cirium shows. AirTran, which merged with Southwest Airlines in 2010 and operated its last flight in 2014, served the route from 2009 to 2012.
Orlando is Spirit's second largest base after its home at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Cirium schedules show. The carrier serves 45 cities from Orlando, where it established a base last December.
Spirit plans to add several new cities to its network as it grows capacity by 17-19% year-over-year in 2020, executives have said. That growth will be fueled by the delivery of 21 A320neo aircraft and potentially more A320s that it may lease.