Tag Archives: Spirit Airlines

Earthquake in Florida commercial aviation: jetBlue will buy Spirit. Major ramifications for the Sunshine State (UPDATED)

UPDATE: (11:15am July 28)The below text has appeared on JetBlue’s merger website: Original article: After a long soap opera that started in early February, the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind, where predictably, Spirit shareholders rejected the company’s board recommendation to merge with Frontier, and now the Broward County-based airline, will instead merge with […]

KLM returning to Miami in December and other Florida airline route adjustments

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume Miami service in December with thrice-weekly nonstops to Amsterdam. Orlando service remains suspended until at least March. Azul Brazilian Airways will not fly Orlando-Campinas in January or February. Fort Lauderdale-Campinas will remain sub daily. Finnair will not fly Miami-Helsinki in November. Frontier has cut, Pensacola & Sarasota/Bradenton-Chicago (O’Hare) Orlando […]

If people really hate Spirit, why do they keep growing? Because they provide a legitimate public service for Florida.

Spirit Airlines is the only major carrier based in the spiritual home of US air travel – Florida. The airline has an established reputation as being “trashy” but in fact service levels have improved and those who criticize Spirit probably wouldn’t fly them anyway. It’s important to note those who do fly Spirit in many […]

Spirit Airlines CEO addresses customer service

In the last few months on this site we’ve discussed the efforts of Ultra-Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines, based in the Fort Lauderdale area to change its image. Fliers in 17 countries throughout the Americas choose Spirit more for low fares than for service but the reputation of the carrier was so poor in […]

Spirit Airlines labor issues threaten to derail airline’s progress

After a day of chaos that saw several flight cancellations and short tempers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Reuters report via Florida Trend)  The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Spirit Airlines has obtained a court order against pilot-induced flight delays.  Miramar-based Spirit Airlines has done much in the last 18 months to improve its record […]

Spirit Airlines makes management changes; adding Orlando and Fort Lauderdale nonstops to Hartford

This week, Miramar-based Spirit Airlines announced management team changes according to the South Florida Business Journal, and also new nonstop service from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to Hartford, CT. In entering the market for flights from Florida to Hartford’s Bradley International Airport, Spirit is joining JetBlue and Southwest in an intense competition (and seasonal Delta […]

Analysis: Is Southwest too little, too late to the international party from Fort Lauderdale?

A three-way battle for international traffic is brewing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) . The one time sleepy FLL has long had a congestion problem as it emerged from a sleepy backwater spoke airport in 1990’s to a major air traffic hub that is among the 50 busiest airports in the world in the 2010’s […]

Controversial Spirit Airlines Florida presence growing rapidly

Much has been made about the business practices of Ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines in the last few years. Spirit has become in some circles synonymous with a poor quality product – but on the flip side al a carte pricing empowers many who normally cannot afford to fly or take a vacation the opportunity […]

Scheduled flights to Havana from Florida begin next week

We’ve spent a great deal of time talking about air service to Cuba as part of the remarkable diplomatic breakthrough the Obama Administration made with Florida’s southern nation. The first scheduled flight (Jetblue flight 387) from the United States to Cuba in 54 years departed Fort Lauderdale and landed in Santa Cruz on August 31. […]