The budget carrier Spirit Airlines is expanding routes to several warm-weather destinations. In addition, Spirit is also developing a new crew base for flight attendants and pilots at Orlando International Airport (MCO). The move will bring hundreds of jobs to the region and significantly raise Spirit’s profile. The airline is expected to host job fairs throughout the winter and spring as part of its hiring spree.
Spirit’s new crew base in Orlando is scheduled to open on Dec. 1 of this year. News of a new base comes just as Spirit is positioning itself to expand what it offers out of Orlando. Spirit already has a big presence in Orlando. In fact, the airline has served more than 22 million passengers during its 25-year stint in the city. Several new international routes were introduced this month. Here’s a look at the new batch of international destinations passengers can now get to when flying with Spirit out of Orlando:
- Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN)
- Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)
- Panama City, Panama (PTY)
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
There’s no doubt that Spirit would like to turn Orlando into the go-to departure site for travelers heading to destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Spirit is also placing some focus on expanding what it offers in terms of domestic routes. The airline launched new service to Asheville and Greensboro in recent weeks.
Spirit intends to make a good impression on travelers who are lured in by the promise of cheap airfare to spots throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline began a fleet-wide upgrade that includes new Wi-Fi access recently. Wi-Fi connectivity is scheduled to be rolled out across the airline’s fleet by some point near the start of 2019. The new Wi-Fi access will give passengers flying with Spirit the ability to watch movies, stream entertainment, browse the Internet and send text messages during flights.
This wide range of digital options is sure to give Spirit an edge when it comes to competing with other carriers throughout the country. Spirit’s increasingly robust flight schedule is also helping the airline to compete more vigorously with both budget carriers and established legacy carriers in some markets. Nonstop service from Spirit is now available to 38 places using 49 daily flights throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.