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Spirit Airlines grows presence in New England with 4 new routes to Florida

Spirit Airlines has announced it is launching 4 new routes from the American state of New Hampshire. Starting in October this year, the ultra low cost carrier will connect the northeast US state to 4 cities in Florida.

Spirit Airlines announced yesterday that it will add Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to its network. The 4 new routes from the airport are:

  • Fort Lauderdale: starting 7th October
  • Orlando: starting 7th October
  • Fort Myers: starting 17th November
  • Tampa: starting 18th November

The flight schedule of Fort Lauderdale route is:

  • Manchester-Fort Lauderdale
  • Departure time: 10:55
  • Arrival time: 14:35
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2007
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Manchester
  • Departure time: 15:25
  • Arrival time: 19:05
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2006
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Orlando route is:

  • Manchester-Orlando
  • Departure time: 19:50
  • Arrival time: 23:02
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 12 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2008
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Orlando-Manchester
  • Departure time: 07:10
  • Arrival time: 10:07
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 57 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2009
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Fort Myers route is:

  • Manchester-Fort Myers
  • Departure time: 08:00
  • Arrival time: 11:30
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2010
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Fort Myers-Manchester
  • Departure time: 20:50
  • Arrival time: 12:20 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2011
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The flight schedule of Tampa route is:

  • Manchester-Tampa
  • Departure time: 08:00
  • Arrival time: 11:15
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: NK2012
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  • Tampa-Manchester
  • Departure time: 20:59
  • Arrival time: 23:59
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Flight number: NK2013
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Manchester is the 11th city new city added to Spirit’s network in the past year. 16 new Airbus A320neos will join the airline’s fleet this year while 21 new aircrafts will join Spirit Airlines’ fleet in 2022, thus helping it to expand to new cities.

Commenting on the launch of flights to Manchester, Matt Klein, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Spirit Airlines, said:

We can’t wait to welcome Guests from around Manchester onboard and show them why Spirit is the best value in the sky. We looked closely at what New Hampshire travelers want, and we saw a great opportunity to give them easy access to some great vacation destinations. We look forward to partnering with the community to kick off service, strengthening our local ties and adding more flights in the years to come.

Meanwhile, Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire, said:

The residents of New Hampshire have been patiently waiting for a new airline, and we’re excited to announce that Spirit Airlines is coming to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Now’s our time to take advantage of these new routes and low fares and keep New Hampshire dollars in New Hampshire. We look forward to a successful launch and seeing Spirit grow their options from MHT in the future. So shop local—and fly local from MHT!

Manchester, as the name suggests, is an alternative area airport to Boston. Boston and Manchester’s airports are 45 miles (72.5 kilometres) apart. However, the two airports are in different states. Boston-Logan International Airport is the main gateway to Massachusetts and far larger than Manchester, given its status as a major hub airport. Therefore, Manchester Airport is a relatively overlooked airport in the area. But Spirit Airlines coming to Manchester is a big deal as travellers who want to head down to Florida can do so with the help of these new services, instead of going all the way to Boston to catch a flight. Spirit will continue to serve Boston in addition to Manchester.

Joyce Craig, Mayor of Manchester, said:

We are thrilled to welcome Spirit Airlines to Manchester this fall. As a leading low-cost carrier, Spirit’s investment in our community will open new destinations for Granite Staters and allow more travelers to experience all Manchester and New Hampshire has to offer.

Ted Kitchens, Airport Director, A.A.E., said:

We are incredibly excited to welcome Spirit Airlines to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Residents of New Hampshire have stated time and time again they wanted lower fares and more flights out of MHT, and Spirit has delivered! The low fares to popular vacation destinations in Florida and beyond that Spirit provides are exactly what the community is looking for as they take to the skies.

Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines recently announced plans to begin service from Miami International Airport to 30 cities across the United States.

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