US carrier Spirit Airlines has added a touch of bright yellow to Charleston’s iconic Rainbow Row with the launch of its new, nonstop service from Charleston International Airport (CHS).
The new nonstop flight connections will make it easier for East Coast travelers to experience the Southern charm behind this award-winning South Carolina destination.
Las Vegas service expansion
To celebrate the service launch, Spirit also announced an expansion with a new nonstop route to Las Vegas (LAS) starting in September.
The new Las Vegas route will be the only nonstop flight connecting Charleston to the popular entertainment destination.
“We’re pleased to offer More Go for our Guests, and Charleston is one of those unique destinations that attract travelers year-round.”
“These new, nonstop flights provide easy access to three major metro cities on the East Coast and make the city’s rich history and coastal culture just a quick and affordable flight away,” said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines.
“It’s also exciting to announce new service to Las Vegas, which is unserved from Charleston today and in addition to being a popular destination provides a gateway to many other Western destinations in our Network.”
Elliott Summey, executive director and chief executive officer of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, added further local comment saying:
“It’s an exciting time at Charleston International Airport. We are pleased to have Spirit Airlines join us and even happier to have them announce more destinations on their first day of service for Charleston and the Lowcountry to enjoy. All in all”
“Lowcountry travelers have long been asking for a route to Las Vegas and we are thrilled to have Spirit offer a new nonstop flight to the Entertainment Capital of the World.”
South Carolina service history
Spirit’s Charleston service adds to the airline’s long-time history in South Carolina. Spirit first entered the state more than 25 years ago with service from Myrtle Beach (MYR).
The airline currently offers 17 peak-day daily departures in South Carolina. In addition to the new service from CHS, Spirit is launching seasonal nonstop flights to Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), and Rochester (ROC) from Myrtle Beach this May.
“Spirit’s investment in the Charleston market increases the affordability and convenience of daily flights to two of our top areas of visitor origin – the Northeast and Florida.”
“Their confidence in our market since announcing the first three routes is evidenced by the addition of Las Vegas service, improving access between the Lowcountry and western U.S.,” said Helen HIll, Chair of the Aviation Authority and CEO of Explore Charleston.
“These routes are about more than advancing our role as a destination. Experience tells us that more flights to more destinations enhance the quality of life for citizen’s in the Charleston area as well.”
“This is an exciting occasion for Charleston International and this iconic region we call home. The significance of an additional airline serving Charleston International cannot be overstated. We welcome Spirit and appreciate their commitment to our market.”
Charleston’s Rainbow Row is a famous historic district located in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. It is a row of 13 brightly colored historic houses, which are located on East Bay Street, between Tradd Street and Elliot Street.
The Rainbow Row houses were built in the late 18th century and early 19th century, and they were originally used as commercial buildings, with shops on the ground floor and living quarters above.
In the 20th century, the buildings were restored and painted in bright pastel colors, giving them their distinctive appearance.
Today, Rainbow Row is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of Charleston’s colorful and rich history.