By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Spirit Airlines continued its recent rapid expansion with the announcement of returning to Denver on Friday. The low-cost carrier stopped flying to the Colorado capital in 2004.
Denver service will start May 3 with daily flights to its four largest bases at Chicago-O’hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Vegas. Spirit will operate two daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas, and one daily flight to Chicago and Fort Lauderdale.
“We understand that Denver has been looking for an ultra low cost carrier and we are here to satisfy that need,” said Spirit’s Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle in a press release.
Denver is a hub for Frontier Airlines and United Airlines, as well as a quickly growing focus city for low-cost rival Southwest Airlines.
In fact, Spirit will compete with at least three airlines directly on each route.
- Chicago-O’hare: American, Frontier and United (Southwest flies to Chicago-Midway)
- Dallas/Fort Worth: American, Frontier and United
- Fort Lauderdale: Frontier, Southwest and United
- Las Vegas: Frontier, Southwest and United