Budget carrier Spirit Airlines has just announced plans to expand to Charlotte.
“The North Carolina economy continues to thrive, and we are thrilled to add the state’s largest city, Charlotte, to our route network,” John Kirby, Spirit’s vice president of network planning, said in a statement.
Kirby noted that Spirit will initially operate out of 1 gate of the newly renovated Charlotte Douglas Airport, increasing competition at the second-busiest hub for the world’s largest airline – American.
Like other low-cost airlines, Spirit offers a basic ‘no-frills’ flying experience, meaning they charge for most things – especially bags. The airline charges for not only checked bags, but also carry-on bags stowed in overhead bins. The only bags you can fly with for free are those that you can fit under your seat.
Spirit will initially offer flights to 17 locations throughout North America starting at $79 (currently the lowest cost flights out of Charlotte start at $95).
Starting on June 20th, they’ll offer direct flights to Baltimore/Washington, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, San Jose (CR), Denver, Dallas, San Juan, Las Vegas, Panama City, Santo Domingo, Detroit, Aguadilla, San Pedro Sula, and Bogota.
Charlotte’s newest low-cost airline will now be directly competing with Southwest, Frontier, and Allegiant (out of the Concord airport).
Spirit will be the 9th airline serving The Charlotte Douglas Airport, joining American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, Lufthansa, and Air Canada Jazz.