Spirit Airlines, the airline that charges passengers to use the overhead bin space, is adding three nonstop flights from Austin to three very popular destinations. On October 9, the low-cost carrier announced it will begin service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Cancun; Newark, New Jersey/New York City; and Nashville.
Service to Cancun takes off first, beginning on February 26, 2020. The nonstop flight to Cancun International Airpot runs four days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Spirit then begins its daily nonstop service to both Newark Liberty International Airport and Nashville International Airport on March 26. This is part of the airline's inaugural push into Nashville, which begins this week.
The addition of a Newark flight, which is one of New York City's three major airports, is especially welcome news. In July, Southwest ended its nonstop service between Austin and Newark, leaving the Capital City with only four options to fly nonstop to the Big Apple.
Along with the new routes, Spirit also announced it's increasing service to Orlando, Florida, to 11 flights per week.
Spirit Airlines touted the news in an exclamation mark-laden press release. “Savvy Austin flyers have spoken, and they want more Spirit!” said John Kirby, Spirit Airlines VP of network planning, in a release. “We are thrilled to be announcing three exciting new destinations and more flights to Texas’ capital city and Central Texas!”
As competitors like ViaAir struggle in the marketplace, Spirit has continued to soar. In the eight months since Spirit officially made its Austin debut, the carrier has already grown substantially. Counting today's news, the airline now offers direct access from Austin to 13 cities across North America.