A Spirit Airlines jet lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 25, 2020.
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Spirit Airlines plans to expand to Miami International Airport later this year, increasing competition between airlines for Florida travelers.
Budget airline Spirit, based in Miramar, Florida, said late Tuesday it plans to offer flights from 30 cities, including New York, Cleveland and Denver, starting October. Others include services to Cali and Medellin, Colombia, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Miami is a major hub for American Airlineswhere the airline has provided robust service to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other domestic and international destinations. The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline accounts for more than 5,100 scheduled flights to Miami this month, about 55% of the total, according to aviation consultancy Cirium.
Spirit isn’t the only competitor planning to expand into Miami. Southwest Airlines plans for launch revealed last year Service there as the airlines searched for popular tourist destinations and took advantage of the lull in demand for many other destinations. United Airlines a large number of point-to-point flights to Florida launched last year. The July capacity of airlines in the Sunshine State is the same as in 2019, while capacity for the entire US will decrease by about 17% next month compared to two years ago, according to industry group Airlines for America.
According to Cirium data, capacity at Miami International Airport increased 3% in June compared to 2019.
Spirit said it has no plans to reduce air traffic at its Fort Lauderdale, Florida hub.
“We are the largest airline at FLL and we want to stay that way,” said Spirit.