Spirit Media Relations 954.364.0231 Media_Relations@spirit.com Spirit Airlines Nearly Triples Milwaukee Service in Celebration of First Flights Taking to the Sky Spirit to give MKE More Go with New Routes to Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Phoenix and Tampa in addition to previously announced Airlines’ (NYSE: SAVE) bright yellow planes touched down in Milwaukee for the first time June 24—carrying good news for travelers and a special gift for one of the region’s most revered charitable organizations. The airline announced more nonstop routes coming soon to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) during its inaugural celebration and presented a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.
Spirit will nearly triple the destinations it serves nonstop from MKE starting this fall. The carrier plans to add daily flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Phoenix (PHX), and Tampa (TPA), plus three weekly flights to Cancun (CUN), the airline’s first international route from Milwaukee.
“We see a vibrant future full of new opportunities for travel here in the Badger State,” said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. “We’re excited to nearly triple our convenient, nonstop flights to exciting destinations. We can’t wait to take more Milwaukee Guests to ‘sun and sand’ destinations and bring travelers from all over to enjoy Wisconsin’s great festivals, sports scene and fun outdoor activities.”
“It’s just a great feeling being here today to welcome new air service to Milwaukee. When you think about where we were a year ago, it's hard to imagine that we would be introducing a new airline here at MKE, let alone one that’s expanding so quickly,” said Milwaukee County Airport Director Brian Dranzik. “Spirit Airlines is now up to eight nonstop destinations from MKE, which provides Milwaukee travelers even more connections to where they want to go.”
Fort Lauderdale is one of Spirit's largest gateway cities, which means nonstop flights from MKE come with easy connections throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Guests will have access to 16 countries, while enjoying Spirit’s industry-leading low fares, Signature Service and on-time performance.
“Spirit Airlines’ bright yellow planes are now taking off from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “And the fact that Spirit is expanding so quickly is a great reflection of the bright future it signifies for our hometown Airport. Spirit brings affordable fares to popular destinations which will make it easier for our Milwaukee travelers to connect with their friends and family this summer and beyond.”
Spirit continues to seize opportunities to bring affordable, high value fares to new markets as the demand for air travel increases. This year, 16 new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo planes will join the airline’s Fit Fleet, which is among the youngest in the industry. Next year, Spirit plans to accept another 21 new planes to continue adding the convenient and exciting travel options Spirit Guests are looking for.