Spirit Airlines Connects Charleston with 3 East Coast Destinations

A Spirit Airlines A320 with ground staff.
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LONDON – Spirit Airlines’ bright yellow planes will soon soar over the scenic streets of Charleston, South Carolina.

The airline has announced the addition of Charleston International Airport (CHS) to its route map with daily, nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL) starting in April 2023.

“We’re excited to connect the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, with three of the biggest metro areas on the East Coast,” said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines.

“Spirit’s affordable fares and convenient, nonstop flights allow Guests to travel more often to visit friends and loved ones, and explore Charleston’s attractions, coastline and world-class restaurants.”

Access to the Northeast

The new service will offer Charleston travelers easier and more affordable access to the Northeast.

Passengers traveling from CHS will also gain international connection opportunities through Fort Lauderdale, which is home to one of Spirit’s largest operations and its primary gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are grateful for Spirit’s commitment and investment in our community and the Charleston International Airport,” said Elliott Summey, airport executive director and CEO.

“Spirit’s low fares and affordable flights provide more options for travelers to take a vacation here in Charleston, or for local residents to visit family and friends in three major cities any day of the week.”

“The new partnership with Spirit is a major achievement for our community and further illustrates the strength and desirability of the Charleston region,” said Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston and Chair of the Aviation Authority.

“The Northeast and Florida have consistently been top areas of origin for visitors to the Lowcountry.”

“Additional daily options for Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, and New York area residents to conveniently enjoy our region’s unparalleled attributes increase our travel industry’s competitiveness and economic impact.”

“Simultaneously, an additional carrier and new nonstop routes are important benefits for Charleston area locals who can now more affordably and easily connect with friends and family in these markets.”

Spirit is no stranger to South Carolina’s southern hospitality. The airline has delivered More Go to Guests in Myrtle Beach (MYR) for more than 25 years.


Spirit was recently recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2022 for its efforts to create and celebrate a diverse workplace environment.

The carrier also won “Best Airport Innovation” in the 2021 APEX/IFSA Awards for its ground breaking self-bag drop system with biometric photo matching, which speeds up the check-in process and reduces face-to-face contact.

Spirit also recently received the FAA’s “Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award of Excellence” for the fourth consecutive year.

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