Spirit Airlines, the largest privately-held airline in the U.S. reports December 2003 traffic. In December, Spirit carried 424,294 passengers with a system-wide load factor of 80.7 percent bringing the annual number of passengers carried to 4,257,948 in 2003. This represents an increase of 10.2 percent in passengers carried from 2002 for the low-fare leader.
Additional traffic results for December 2003 report Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) of 451,260,000 and Available Seat Miles (ASMs) of 559,407,000.
“With substantial increases in traffic from 2002 to 2003 across the board, we are confident that 2004 will be another banner year for Spirit with new destinations, solid business practices and a continued focus on customer service excellence,” said Jacob Schorr, CEO of Spirit Airlines.
The addition of Washington, D.C. in November 2003 and Cancun, Mexico in December 2003 brings the airline`s destinations to a total of 16 with more than 115 daily flights.
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 16 cities, including: Atlantic City, N.J., Cancun, Mexico, Chicago/O`Hare, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach, S.C., New York/LaGuardia, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., 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.