Spirit Airlines has announced plans to launch flights to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What’s interesting is that not only will the airline add the city to its route network, it will also be the first US airline to serve the Palmerola International Airport, the newly-established Honduran airport outside of Tegucigalpa.
Spirit is coming to Tegucigalpa
Starting 17th November 2021, Spirit Airlines will operate flights from three US cities to Tegucigalpa. These are:
- Fort Lauderdale – daily flights
- Houston – daily flights
- Miami – 4-weekly flights
Spirit Airlines will be the only airline flying nonstop to Tegucigalpa from Fort Lauderdale. The Florida city is the carrier’s largest base, and passengers there will be able to connect onwards to over 35 cities across the United States.
John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning, Spirit Airlines, said:
Our new air service to the Tegucigalpa area provides convenient nonstop travel options for both Honduras tourism and our Guests looking to visit family and friends. We have a long history of partnership with Honduras, having served San Pedro Sula since 2007, and we’re pleased to expand this relationship and become the first airline to cnnect the newest commercial airport in Honduras with the U.S.
Spirit in Honduras
Presently, Spirit only serves one airport in Honduras: Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula, in the northern part of the country. From San Pedro Sula, the airline flies to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New Orleans and Houston. New Orleans is the latest addition from San Pedro Sula.
Lately, Spirit Airlines has been growing its Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America network. The airline operates flights to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Guetemala and to multiple destinations in Colombia. The airline has marketed its flights to both US tourists bound for the beaches or culture in the region and to visiting friends and relatives (VFR) traffic from the region to the United States.
Honduras is one more country that Spirit is targeting to expand as it targets VFR traffic. It certainly will not be the last of Spirit’s growth in the region. For example, the airline does not serve Belize, only serves three destinations in Mexico, and has more room for growth in the Caribbean.
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The all-new Tegucigalpa Airport
Presently, the main airport serving the Honduran capital city is Toncontin International Airport. This airport is well known for many reasons, including its mountainous terrain in the surrounding areas, and runway length, which means it has one of the most difficult approaches in the world.
The new Palmerola International Airport is presently operating as the Palmerola Air Base. The long-term plan is to transition international service away from Toncontin International Airport to Palmerola International Airport. The latter is the more safer airport, and there are more growth opportunities for longer-haul flying.
Palmerola is scheduled to open later this year and it is expected to get more attention from airlines because of its longer runway and better terrain. Due to these reasons, it is expected to also be an easier airport to service than the one already operational. This could lead to more airlines adding services to upgauging their flights to Tegucigalpa.
Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines recently announced four new routes out of Manchester, New England and also announced five new routes from Milwaukee. The airline is commencing flights to Miami International Airport later this year. Spirit has also revealed its largest ever Orlando schedule yet.
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