In March 2022, Spirit and Frontier will both fly nonstop from Orlando to the following 35 cities:
Aguadilla, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Cancun, Charlotte, Chicago (O’Hare), Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford/Springfield, Houston (Bush), Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St Paul, Montego Bay, Nashville, New Orleans, New York (LaGuardia), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, St Louis, St Thomas, San Juan and San Salvador.
Most of these cities are flown only once daily or in Frontier’s case sub-daily. Still this will no doubt be a talking point as the DOJ reviews the merger.
However, the argument can be made this is pro-competitive as combining forces will allow the merged carrier to compete more vigorously on all of these routes. Of the above list, only St Thomas and San Salvador are not served by other carriers nonstop from Orlando.
So again, this is an issue for DOJ and other regulators to sort through. It’s also important for local authorities in Florida to determine whether or not this merger is pro or anti competitive for the state, with both carriers as noted previously having a massive footprint in Florida’s three busiest airports, Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Again, as noted in our previous piece on the merger, the combined carrier would be less of a force outside those three airports in the state, and hardly impact travel to/from secondary points in Florida.