Norfolk, Virginia has become the latest destination to get the Spirit Airlines treatment. The US low-cost carrier has kicked off its new service with daily routes to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), giving Norfolk travelers access to top leisure destinations in Florida.
Welcoming Norfolk to the network
Spirit airlines has now officially launched services at Norfolk International Airport (ORF), with this week’s commencement of daily, nonstop flights to Florida.
“Our Norfolk Guests are in for a great ride when they discover our low fares and convenient nonstop flights to two popular destinations boasting amusement parks, beaches and attractions,” said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines.
“We can’t wait to welcome Norfolk travelers onboard, and look forward to investing in the airport and the community through the Spirit Charitable Foundation.”
“We have sought Spirit Airlines service at Norfolk International Airport for quite some time,” said Mark Perryman, President and CEO of the Norfolk Airport Authority.
“These new flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are already being well received, and we anticipate great success.”
This month marks the airline’s fifth anniversary serving the state of Virginia after entering Richmond (RIC) in March 2018. One-stop connection options can take Virginia Guests even further with destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is a low-cost carrier based in the United States. It was founded in 1980 and operates flights to over 75 destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Spirit Airlines is known for its “bare fare” business model, which allows passengers to pay only for the services they need.
This means that while the airline’s base fares may be lower than those of other carriers, passengers may have to pay additional fees for things like carry-on bags, checked bags, seat assignments, and even water on board.
The airline’s fleet consists mainly of Airbus A320 family aircraft, which are known for their efficiency and low operating costs.
The airline has also added new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft to its fleet, which are more fuel-efficient and have longer range than their predecessors.
The fleet upgrade and rationalisation plan is underway as Spirit plans to decommission its ageing A319 fleet.
Spirit Airlines network expansion
Spirit Airlines has undertaken its network expansion in the United States in a number of ways. Here are some examples:
- Adding new destinations: Spirit Airlines has added many new destinations to its route network in recent years. This includes smaller cities that may not have had nonstop service before, as well as popular vacation destinations like Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Increasing frequency: In addition to adding new destinations, Spirit Airlines has also increased the frequency of flights to existing destinations. This allows passengers more flexibility in scheduling their travel and may help to attract more business travelers.
- Partnering with other airlines: Spirit Airlines has formed partnerships with other airlines, such as Interjet in Mexico, to offer more connecting options for passengers traveling beyond the airline’s primary destinations.
- Opening new bases: Spirit Airlines has opened new crew bases in cities like Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. This allows the airline to more easily add new flights and expand its route network in those regions.
- Upgrading its fleet: Spirit Airlines has been upgrading its fleet with new, more fuel-efficient aircraft like the Airbus A320neo and A321neo. This allows the airline to fly longer routes and open up new destinations that may not have been feasible with its older aircraft.
Spirit Airlines’ expansion strategy has focused on adding new destinations and increasing frequency on existing routes, while also investing in new aircraft and crew bases to support its growth.