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Spirit Airlines announces 5 new routes out of Milwaukee after inaugural service

After inaugural service out of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport yesterday, Spirit Airlines is celebrating its arrival to the Wisconsin city by introducing 5 new routes out of the airport this winter.

5 new routes

Spirit Airlines has arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The airline yesterday started daily flights from Milwaukee to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando.

Now, this winter, the low-cost carrier is expanding out of Milwaukee even more by adding new routes to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Phoenix, Tampa and Cancun. While flights to Cancun will start on 23rd December 2021, flights to other 4 destinations will operate as of 17th November 2021.

John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning, Spirit Airlines, said:

We see a vibrant future full of new opportunities for travel here in the Badger State.We’re excited to nearly triple our convenient, nonstop flights to exciting destinations. We can’t wait to take more Milwaukee Guests to ‘sun and sand’ destinations and bring travelers from all over to enjoy Wisconsin’s great festivals, sports scene and fun outdoor activities.

The flight schedule of Fort Lauderdale-Milwaukee-Fort Lauderdale route is:

  • Fort Lauderdale-Milwaukee
  • Departure time: 08:00
  • Arrival time: 10:15
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1395
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Milwaukee-Fort Lauderdale
  • Departure time: 18:10
  • Arrival time: 22:13
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 03 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1396
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Milwaukee-Fort Myers-Milwaukee route is:

  • Milwaukee-Fort Myers
  • Departure time: 07:00
  • Arrival time: 11:05
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1293
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Fort Myers-Milwaukee
  • Departure time: 11:45
  • Arrival time: 13:50
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1294
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Phoenix-Milwaukee-Phoenix route is:

  • Phoenix-Milwaukee
  • Departure time: 15:58
  • Arrival time: 20:18
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1254
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Milwaukee-Phoenix
  • Departure time: 20:59
  • Arrival time: 23:49
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1255
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Milwaukee-Tampa-Milwaukee route is:

  • Milwaukee-Tampa
  • Departure time: 11:05
  • Arrival time: 14:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1295
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tampa-Milwaukee
  • Departure time: 15:35
  • Arrival time: 17:20
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1296
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule of Milwaukee-Cancun-Milwaukee route is:

  • Milwaukee-Cancun
  • Departure time: 07:00
  • Arrival time: 12:05
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1290
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Cancun-Milwaukee
  • Departure time: 12:55
  • Arrival time: 16:00
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: NK1291
  • Frequency: Daily

Brian Dranzik, Director, Milwaukee County Airport, said:

It’s just a great feeling being here today to welcome new air service to Milwaukee. When you think about where we were a year ago, it’s hard to imagine that we would be introducing a new airline here at MKE, let alone one that’s expanding so quickly. Spirit Airlines is now up to eight nonstop destinations from MKE, which provides Milwaukee travelers even more connections to where they want to go.

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As Fort Lauderdale is one of Spirit’s largest gateway cities, nonstop flights from Milwaukee will offer one-stop connections throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

David Crowley, Executive, Milwaukee County, said:

Spirit Airlines’ bright yellow planes are now taking off from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. And the fact that Spirit is expanding so quickly is a great reflection of the bright future it signifies for our hometown Airport. Spirit brings affordable fares to popular destinations which will make it easier for our Milwaukee travelers to connect with their friends and family this summer and beyond.


Southwest Airlines is the dominant carrier in Milwaukee. According to the data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Southwest has a 47.71% market share at the airport. Spirit Airlines will go head-to-head against Southwest Airlines on all the new routes.

Flights to Tampa and Fort Myers will see great competition with United Airlines. This routes were launched under United’s pandemic-ear network strategy to boost flights to outdoor-friendly destinations. United Airlines has not put those flights back in the winter schedule, so those flights may have just been one-off adds during the pandemic with plenty of free aircraft.

Frontier Airlines also services both routes. However, service to Fort Myers on Frontier is seasonal and will only begin from late December.

Additionally, Sun Country Airlines is also launching flights to Fort Myers and Cancun this winter.

All in all, residents of Milwaukee and frequent flyers out of the airport will have plenty of airlines to choose from.

Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines has announced 4 new routes out of Manchester Airport in New England. The carrier has also announced plans to launch flights from Miami with 30 routes.

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