Spirit Airlines Starts New Non-Stop Service between Fort Lauderdale and Panama City




 MIRAMAR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fort Lauderdale’s hometown ultra low cost carrier Spirit Airlines begins three weekly non-stop flights to Panama City, Panama tomorrow, with increased frequency to daily service starting May 1, 2008.

In addition to this new non-stop service, Spirit also offers connecting service to Panama from its domestic network.

The new route will be operated by Spirit’s Airbus fleet, the youngest in the Americas.

Panama City is one of many new routes that are part of Spirit’s aggressive 2008 expansion plan. Already the largest carrier at Fort Lauderdale, Spirit is well on its way to increasing its South Florida operations by 40 percent this year.

In addition to Panama City, Spirit has also announced that it will begin new and/or expanded service to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; San Antonio and Boston, among other destinations to be announced over the coming weeks.

“Our passengers have spoken and we’re giving them what they want – more ultra low fares to even more destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean,” said Barry Biffle, Spirit’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Schedule for non-stop service effective January 31, 2008:
To Panama City from:           Depart           Arrive              Flight #        Stops           Frequency+
Fort Lauderdale                11:00 pm           2:00 am +1(a)        907            0           Monday, Thursday and Saturday
From Panama City to:           Depart           Arrive              Flight #        Stops           Frequency
Fort Lauderdale                 2:50 am(a)        5:45 am              914              0           Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

(a) Arrival and departure times at Panama City will be one hour earlier effective March 9, 2008.

+ Service increases from three times per week to daily service on May 1, 2008.

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc. (www.spiritair.com) is the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean. Its all-Airbus fleet, the youngest in the Americas, flies more than 200 daily flights to 37 destinations. The company is based in Miramar, Florida, and employs 2,300 professionals.


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