• Joe Breitfeller

Spirit Airlines Nearly Doubles Nonstop Options from St. Louis; Launches Inaugural Louisville Service

Spirit Airlines celebrated the launch of inaugural service to St. Louis and Louisville on Thursday by expanding service from both gateways. New St. Louis service includes Fort Myers, Phoenix, Tampa and Cancun, while Louisville adds Tampa and Fort Myers service.


Spirit Airlines Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Spirit Airlines

On Thursday (May 27, 2021), Spirit Airlines celebrated the launch of inaugural service to and from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF). Coinciding with today’s inaugural celebrations, the carrier announced expanded service from both gateways starting in November. From St Louis, Spirit will nearly double the nonstop options with added service to Fort Myers (RSW), Phoenix (PHX), Tampa (TPA) and Cancun, while Louisville will see new service to Tampa (TPA) and Fort Myers.


Spirit’s first departure from St. Louis today, flight 1157, will depart under a water cannon salute enroute nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX). The rest of the day’s schedule includes flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS) and Orlando (MCO), with flights to Pensacola starting in June.

In Thursday’s announcement on the new St. Louis service, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning, John Kirby, said,


“St. Louis travelers know how to spot a good value, and they're clearly excited about Spirit's arrival at St. Louis Lambert International. We saw a strong response as soon as we announced our first routes, so the decision to add more nonstop routes to fun destinations was easy to make. With low-cost flights to St. Louis' most popular vacation destinations, Gateway City residents have more opportunities to enjoy a quick getaway or spend time with friends and family.”


Also commenting on the inaugural service, St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s Director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, added,


Today is a great day for our airport. Not only does Spirit begin service to five destinations from St. Louis, but Spirit is doubling down on their commitment to St. Louis Lambert International with the announcement of new service to four more cities.”

From Louisville today, Spirit’s inaugural outbound service, flight 1227, will depart under a water cannon salute enroute nonstop to Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Throughout the day, flights will arrive from and depart for Orlando, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with Pensacola service to follow in June.


Further speaking on Spirit’s new Louisville service, Spirit’s Mr. Kirby, said,


“It's a beautiful day when we get to bring the best value in the sky to a vibrant city like Louisville and announce plans for even More Go on day one. I've seen so much enthusiasm across the whole Spirit Team as we prepared to welcome Guests onboard in Louisville, and we're off to a great start serving this incredible community. We look forward to everyone experiencing our unbeatable combination of service, reliability, new planes and low fares when they take their next trip.”


Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s Executive Director, Dan Mann, added,


“When Spirit first announced they were coming to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, we said it was a great day, and it keeps getting better. Spirit is a fantastic addition to our community, and we appreciate the continued investment with two new, convenient nonstop routes since their initial announcement. We look forward to a vibrant future with even more options for more travelers to visit our city, along with additional opportunities to travel around the country and the world.”


Spirit Airlines' St. Louis and Louisville Routes - Courtesy Spirit Airlines

Since Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Orlando are three of Spirit’s largest gateways, guests can enjoy convenient one-stop connections throughout the U.S. Customers traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Spirit’s Latin American and Caribbean gateway, will also benefit from easy connections to 16 countries.

Miramar, Florida-based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to offering the best value in the sky with service to destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. The airline allows customers to select and pay for only the products and services they want, something they call “À La Smarte.” Spirit also operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. The carrier proudly calls their youthful fleet of aircraft their “Fit Fleet®.”



Source: Spirit Airlines