Spirit Airlines to Offer $9 Fares When D/FW Service Begins

Spirit Airlines, a Florida-based discount carrier, said Friday that it will offer fares as low as $9 when it begins service between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in January.

Beginning Jan. 9 with a flight from Fort Lauderdale to D/FW and extending through Jan. 31, the airline is offering travel to and from D/FW and nine destinations in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean at a fare equal to the date of travel.

For example, a flight from D/FW to Kingston, Jamaica, that departs on Jan. 14 costs $14 and a return flight on Jan. 19 costs $19, for a round-trip fare of $33. Additional taxes and fees apply. All flights connect in Fort Lauderdale.

Flights must be booked by 10:59 p.m. CST on Monday. The fares are available at www. spiritair.com.

Spirit said it plans to fly an Airbus A319 configured to seat 138 passengers on its route between D/FW and Fort Lauderdale, spokeswoman Rebecca Rivera said. The 15-year-old carrier, the nation's largest privately owned airline, serves 27 destinations with 125 daily flights.

The destinations included in the January promotion are: Fort Lauderdale; Cancun, Mexico; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Spirit will fly out of D/FW's Terminal E.

Spirit operated a maintenance base for MD-80 aircraft at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth until it abruptly closed the facility Sept. 23. Spirit said it closed the base because it is moving to a fleet of all Airbus planes.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

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