“It`s a special day for Spirit Airlines,” said Jacob Schorr, CEO of the airline, as he announced Spirit would resume flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National airport. “We flew to Washington prior to the 9/11 tragedy and now, after a two year absence we are restoring service. Our new service will give travelers great low fares, reliable service, a solid schedule and all from the most convenient D.C. area airport.”
Spirit Airlines won the right to have two daily flights in a lottery held on August 12, 2003 and overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The four slots give Spirit the opportunity to fly two roundtrip flights from Washington National to cities that fall within a 1,250-mile perimeter of the airport, the FAA says. Spirit was one of two carriers that won the Air Carrier lottery in the large-carrier category, a total of 15 large carriers were eligible for the slots.
Beginning on November 13, 2003, twice each day, Spirit will fly from Washington D.C.`s Reagan National to Fort Lauderdale, departing at 7:30 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m., seven days a week, year around. The flights offer one-stop and connecting service to San Juan, Puerto Rico and also bring return passengers from San Juan, through Fort Lauderdale to Ronald Reagan Washington National airport.
Resumed service to Washington D.C. coincides with system-wide enhancements beginning November 13, 2003 for 106 daily flight departures to 15 destinations.
Fare Special -
Fares between Washington D.C.`s Reagan National and Fort Lauderdale start as low as $67 while fares between Washington, D.C.`s Reagan National and San Juan start at $123. Fares are good for travel November 13, 2003 through February 6, 2004 and must be purchased by October 23, 2003. These fares are each way based on round-trip travel and do not include $3.00 segment fee, passenger facility charges of up to $18 round trip depending on itinerary and government imposed September 11th security fee of $2.50 per segment. Fares to San Juan do not include International Excise tax of $13.40 each way. These fares are not available 11/21/03 - 12/02/03, 12/18/03-01/12/04, and 1/15/04 - 1/20/04.
About Spirit Airlines -
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 13 year old Spirit Airlines is the largest privately-held airline in the U.S. With a fleet of modern aircraft for scheduled and charter service, Spirit brings low fares and friendly service to 15 cities, including: Atlantic City, N.J., Chicago/O`Hare, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach, S.C., New York/LaGuardia, Washington, D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and seasonal service to West Palm Beach. Spirit`s website is http://www.spiritair.com.
nteresting facts about Spirit Airlines:
—Customers who book on spiritair.com may make changes to their reservations with no change fee, up to one month prior to departure
—Pre-assigned seating available to customers booking on spiritair.com
—Passengers may print roundtrip boarding passes up to 45 days in advance of departure
—Day of departure upgrades to Spirit Plus for $40 per segment