Spirit Airlines vs American at DFW

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321 at New York LaGuardia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321 at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Spirit Airlines Paves Way at DFW for Rapid Growth

Spirit Airlines, an “ultra low cost carrier”, announced they’re opening a flight attendant and crew base at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to support their rapid growth at this once dual Delta Air Lines and American Airlines hub.

The base will be home to over 250 crew members, including 170 Flight Attendants and 80 pilots by summer 2013. The carrier has already opened a DFW maintenance base this year which is expected to grow to employ more than 30 mechanics.

Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre, said, “As Spirit continues to expand operations at DFW, we are very excited to also add quality local jobs and to open a new crew base here.”

Current DFW Spirit Airlines Markets

The airline started flying to DFW just 18 years ago in May of 2011 and has continued to grow.

Today, the airline is operating nonstop flights to 17 destinations including Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Boston-Logan (BOS), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston-Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Myrtle Beach (MYR), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Orlando (MCO), Phoenix/Mesa (IWA), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), Tampa (TPA), and Toluca/Mexico City (TLC).

Spirit Airlines uses al-a-carte pricing for items such as checked bags and carry-on luggage.  Know the fees before you go, but if you can travel light, it’ll save you a bundle.

New DFW Markets for Spirit Airlines

In upcoming months, Spirit plans to add additional nonstop flights to a variety of cities increasing their DFW nonstop destination count to 26.   Upcoming destinations are:

  • Fort Myers (RSW) – November 8, 2012
  • New Orleans (MSY) – January 24, 2013
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – April 25, 2013
  • Oakland/San Francisco (OAK) – April 25, 2013
  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN) – April 25, 2013
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) – April 26, 2013
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – April 26, 2013
  • Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) – June 13, 2013
  • Latrobe/Pittsburgh (LBE) via Arnold Palmer Regional Airport – June 14, 2013

Many of these flights will directly compete with American Airlines, which operates the majority of nonstop flights because of their DFW hub.   Spirit will also have to contend with low cost carrier Southwest Airlines over at Dallas Love Field (DAL) as the Wright Amendment goes with the sunset.

Spirit Airlines operates new Airbus A320 family aircraft and has placed orders for the new A320neo.

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