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
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.”