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What:Earlier this month, Spirit Airlines began twice-daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Oakland International Airport as part of its West Coast route expansion. This spring, the low-fare airline will add several new routes to and from LAX, including Seattle-Tacoma, Portland, Ore., Phoenix, Ariz., Philadelphia and New Orleans, and it will expand its existing daily service to Denver.
Why It Matters:Spirit Airlines isn’t known for being cushy. In fact, at 28 inches of pitch and no recline, Spirit’s seats are famously some of the most cramped in the sky. But for clients looking to get from point A to point B on a serious budget, Spirit’s bright yellow planes get the job done. While the line is likely not the right fit for every frugal client, agents now have more options for those hard-core, bare-bones travelers, who will appreciate the effort to save money in transit.
Fast Facts:- Spirit is best known for its low-cost Bare Fares with Frill Control
- New and expanded flights are now available for purchase, and include or will include the following routes:
Los Angeles to/from Oakland/San Francisco Bay, twice-daily beginning Nov. 12, 2015
Los Angeles to/from Seattle-Tacoma, twice-daily beginning March 24, 2016
Los Angeles to/from Portland, Ore., daily beginning March 25, 2016
Los Angeles to/from Phoenix, Ariz., twice-daily beginning April 8, 2016
Los Angeles to/from Denver, twice-daily beginning April 8, 2016 (expanding existing service)
Los Angeles to/from Philadelphia, daily beginning April 14, 2016
Los Angeles to/from New Orleans, daily beginning April 14, 2016
- With these new services Spirit will offer daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to 18 cities. The airline currently flies to/from LAX to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Minneapolis-St. Paul
What They Are Saying:“Spirit Airlines is thrilled to announce these new routes, showcasing our commitment to low fares in the Los Angeles market,” said Mark Kopczak, vice president of network planning for Spirit Airlines. “With new twice-daily service between LAX and Oakland/San Francisco Bay starting today, followed by new service to Seattle-Tacoma announced just last week and these new and expanded routes coming in spring 2016, we'll be able to connect more customers on the West Coast. Whether you're visiting family or the great attractions these cities have to offer, Spirit Airlines allows many more travelers to fly to these great cities who previously could not afford it."