SPIRIT said it will begin
year-round Detroit-Cancun service April 8. Connecting service to
Cancun through Detroit will include flights from New York
(LaGuardia), Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The route will be Spirit's
first nonstop international service from Detroit.
DELAYED: Separately, Spirit told
the Transportation Department (DOT) the airline must delay its
planned launch of Fort Lauderdale-Mexico City service from this
winter until late fall. The DOT's approval of the route was
conditioned on Spirit starting the service by Jan. 15, so Spirit is
asking the DOT for a waiver that would give it until Dec. 15.
Spirit said it has to delay the launch because of "current industry
conditions and the realities of its aircraft delivery
schedule." Spirit, waiting for up to 35
new Airbus aircraft, said it decided to accelerate the retirement
of its MD80 aircraft because of the "dramatic and prolonged
increase in fuel prices."
VACATIONS increased the frequency
of its nonstop charters to Cancun from Buffalo, N.Y.; Richmond,
Va.; Nashville; and Washington. In conjunction with the new Cancun
service, the operator is offering air-hotel packages at the Oasis
America Hotel. Seven-night packages from Buffalo and Richmond are
priced from $799 per person, double, with departures every Sunday.
The packages will use the Airbus A-320s of USA3000, Apple's sister
airline. Service from Nashville is provided by Frontier Airlines
with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Three-night
packages at the start at $499 per person, double. Air-only rates
start at $99. Monday and Friday departures will begin in June from
Washington using USA3000 aircraft. Air-inclusive packages will
start at $499, while air-only prices start at
$99. More information is available at www.applevacations.com.
The reservations line is (800) 727-3400.CASA DEL MAR BEACH GOLF & SPA
created the three-night
Valentine package for guests heading south of the border from Feb.
7 to 20. Priced at $654 per night, double, the plan covers
oceanview accommodations (upgrade to suite accommodations if
available); roundtrip airport transfers; a bottle of wine and fruit
basket upon arrival; daily breakfast, an aromatherapy massage for
two; a Body Satin Glow treatment for her and a Sea Salt Glow
treatment for him; a candlelight dinner for two; a 25% discount at
the Cabo Real Golf Course; and unlimited use of the fitness center
and exercise equipment. Extra nights are priced at $404 and include
breakfast for two. For details, call (888) 227-9621 or visit www.CasadelMarMexico.com