It's simply charming that even as the city grows into a world-class destination, Austinites still get very, very excited about new nonstop flights. So today's news that the Capital City is not only getting nine new nonstop flights — but a whole new airline — is downright thrilling.
On November 14, Spirit Airlines announced it will begin servicing Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in February 2019. It is one of the last major airlines to enter into the Austin market.
The discount airline takes off from Austin beginning on February 14, 2019, with daily nonstop service to:
- Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC (BWI)
- Chicago (ORD)
- Denver (DEN)
- Detroit (DTW)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Orlando (MCO)
- New Orleans (MSY)
Then, beginning on May 2, 2019, Spirit will head west, adding a daily nonstop from AUS to Los Angeles' LAX.
“Texas’ capital city is a place where we believe our affordable fares and signature service on nonstop flights will resonate and bring both visitors and local residents in and out of the heart of Texas," said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ VP of network planning, in a release. "We are offering not one or two, but nine different nonstop destinations because we know Austin is ready for Spirit.”
As a service, Spirit tends to have middling reputation, ranking low for overall customer satisfaction, but high for low-cost airfare and baggage. In its 2018 Best and Worst Airlines in the U.S. ranking, the Points Guys ranked Spirit No. 7 out of nine. Needless to say, the report resulted in — ahem — a spirited comment section.
Austin isn't Spirit's first foray into the Lone Star State. The discount airline also services Houston and Dallas.