Spirit Airlines is performing very well post-pandemic, with the airline offering a significant chance of getting up to 1,000 weekly movements.
Using data from RadarBox.com, the airline isn’t as far away as you would think from hitting 1,000 weekly movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.
Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…
A Strong Start to 2023…
For March 26-April 2, Spirit Airlines operated 844 movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.
This represents an increase of 29.85% compared to the same period last year and is 222 movements ahead of pre-COVID levels (2019).
Below is how the airline has performed throughout the first four months of this year!:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2022 Numbers||2023 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)|
|January 1-8||574 movements||675 movements||770 movements||+14.07%|
|January 8-15||521 movements||639 movements||809 movements||+26.60%|
|January 15-22||527 movements||637 movements||805 movements||+26.37%|
|January 22-29||526 movements||619 movements||807 movements||+30.37%|
|January 29-February 5||548 movements||612 movements||781 movements||+27.61%|
|February 5-12||522 movements||658 movements||808 movements||+22.80%|
|February 12-19||579 movements||706 movements||814 movements||+15.30%|
|February 19-26||619 movements||733 movements||815 movements||+11.19%|
|February 26-March 5||614 movements||726 movements||819 movements||+12.81%|
|March 5-12||609 movements||695 movements||819 movements||+17.84%|
|March 12-19||623 movements||722 movements||816 movements||+13.02%|
|March 19-26||601 movements||728 movements||837 movements||+14.97%|
The data here shows that in every week of this year so far, Spirit Airlines has achieved double-digit growth in movement statistics compared to last year.
We can also see an upward trajectory in movement numbers, especially as we begin the Summer 2023 season as well.
At this stage, it is unclear what the figure will be when the airline hits the peak point, but this could easily get to less than 100 movements from 1,000 weekly.
Spirit Airlines Stays The Course for Growth: JetBlue Merger…
Two of the largest competitors in the United States air travel industry are carrying on defiantly in their pursuit of a merger.
JetBlue and Spirit Airlines have been in talks of a merger since JetBlue came out on the right side of a bidding war against Frontier Airlines in July 2022.
However, The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has thrown a spanner in the works by filing an antitrust lawsuit saying that the deal would remove competition from Spirit.
Which, it argues, could lead to higher prices and fewer options for customers.
Spirit CEO Ted Christie aired his views on the lawsuit by saying: “We disagree with the DOJ’s decision to seek to block the proposed merger, which will benefit consumers and employees.”
“We will vigorously defend our position that a combined JetBlue and Spirit Airlines will be a game changer for customers nationwide, creating the most compelling national low-fare challenger to the dominant U.S. carriers.”
“Together, we intend to democratize flying for travelers across the country – a goal we believe is worthy of the government’s support.”
If Spirit Airlines can get this over the line, then the possibilities for growth will be endless under the JetBlue arsenal.