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Spirit Airlines is adding 7 new low-cost leisure routes across the US with 2 new destinations - here's the full list

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  • Spirit Airlines is adding Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky to its route network later in 2021. 
  • Daily flights will operate to Los Angeles, Orlando, and Las Vegas from both cities.
  • Spirit is still reporting financial losses but is expected to recover quickly after the pandemic. 
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Spirit Airlines will fly to more cities in America's heartland later in 2021. 

The ultra-low-cost carrier this week announced plans to launch new service to Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky with seven routes spanning coast-to-coast. Both cities will see new non-stop links to popular leisure destinations as well as increased options on existing routes. 

Flights on the new routes will be operated by Spirit's Airbus A320 family of aircraft, potentially including the new Airbus A320neo. Spirit is one of two US airlines flying the next-generation aircraft known for its efficient fuel performance and quiet cabin, as Insider found on a November flight from Newark to Boston.

Spirit is expected to sooner recover from the COVID-19 pandemic than its competitors by focusing on low-cost domestic leisure travel and flights to international destinations currently open to Americans. The ultra-low-cost carrier grew revenues by nearly $100 million between the third and fourth quarters of 2020 but still reported a $204.5 million pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter

Here's where Spirit Airlines is flying in 2021.

Between Louisville, Kentucky and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Spirit will begin flights between Louisville and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 27 with daily service. The route also sees flights from fellow ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air which normally offers twice-weekly service between the two cities. 

Between Louisville, Kentucky and Los Angeles

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Spirit will begin flights between Louisville and Los Angeles on May 27 with daily service. Los Angeles will be Louisville's westernmost non-stop destination once the service begins.

No other carriers operate flights on the route, leaving Spirit with no competition.


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Between Louisville, Kentucky and Las Vegas

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Spirit will begin flights between Louisville and Las Vegas on May 27 with daily service. Las Vegas is a popular destination from Louisville and Spirit will have two competitors on the route, Allegiant and Southwest Airlines.

Between Louisville, Kentucky and Orlando

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Spirit will begin flights between Louisville and Orlando on May 27 with daily service. The highly-competitive route will see Spirit compete with Allegiant, Southwest, and Frontier Airlines for business. 

Orlando is a major Latin American and Caribbean gateway for Spirit with service as far south as Bogota, Colombia, offering passengers numerous connecting options through the city.

Between Milwaukee and Los Angeles

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Spirit will begin flights between Milwaukee and Los Angeles on June 24 with daily service. No other airlines operate the route, giving Milwaukee its sole link to the City of Angels and leaving Spirit with no direct competition. 

The new route will become the second-longest from Milwaukee with United Airlines currently operating a longer Milwaukee-San Francisco route. 

Between Milwaukee and Las Vegas

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Spirit will begin flights between Milwaukee and Las Vegas on June 24 with daily service. The popular route currently sees Southwest and Frontier operating flights, leaving Spirit with two direct competitors. 

Between Milwaukee and Orlando

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Spirit will begin flights between Milwaukee and Orlando on June 24 with daily service. Another competitive route, Spirit will compete with Southwest and Frontier but offer greater international connections.

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