Spirit Airlines has become the second domestic ultra-low-cost carrier to announce entry into Newark in response to the FAA decision over the spring to loosen landing restrictions at the airport.

Beginning Oct. 30, Spirit will fly from Newark to Fort Lauderdale and from Newark to Orlando. Depending on the day of the week, the Fort Lauderdale flight will be offered either three or four times per day while the Orlando flight will be available either once or twice per day.

Also, Spirit will fly daily from Newark to Myrtle Beach, beginning March 9. Tickets for all three of the routes are now on sale. 

Spirit will join ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant in launching operations out of Newark this fall. In addition, Iceland-based ultra-low-cost carrier Wow will launch flights from Newark this fall and Alaska and JetBlue will increase its flight offerings. 

“I don't necessarily view it as a huge city for us, but it can make a difference if we can get a gate or two to our network,” Spirit CEO Robert Fornaro said during the carrier’s earnings call Friday, according to a transcript posted on the website Seeking Alpha. “And that will pay dividends, because it will create opportunities for us going forward. So we have to really grab the opportunity, because we don't know when the next one will be.”


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