By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Spirit Airlines opened its newest crew and maitenance base at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on Tuesday. Spirit currently serves eight destinations from Las Vegas including Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland (OR), and San Diego.
“We are thrilled to open a new crew and maintenance base at McCarran International Airport as Spirit continues to bring on new aircraft and grow jobs in the markets we serve,” said Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre in the release. “Las Vegas provides an excellent central location for Spirit’s West Coast operation that has expanded over the past year.”
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That expansion will continue when Spirit begins twice daily flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport tomorrow. Spirit will go head-to-head with low-cost rival Allegiant Air on the route, which has focus cities at both Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas.
Allegiant began flying the route between its focus cities with six weekly flights in November. At the time, the move took many by industry leaders by surprise as Allegiant does not typically fly between focus cities and does not offer connecting services.
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Spirit will also add daily flights between Phoenix-Mesa and Dallas/Fort Worth beginning March 22.