Ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines has announced that it will begin flying out of Miami to 30 new destinations this October which will make the carrier the second largest airline at Miami International (MIA) after American Airlines. Currently Spirit Airlines only flies out of its hub at Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Spirit Airlines’ headquarters is located in nearby Miramar, FL.
American Airlines operates a “fortress hub” at Miami International and during the pandemic JetBlue and Southwest began service to MIA, an airport they had previously avoided due to the high costs at MIA. Frontier also operates a hub at Miami International which further increases the competition at an airport that historically has had little competition.
Spirit said that its new service out of Miami will be in addition to the carrier’s flights out of Fort Lauderdale and not a substitution. The new routes are to Atlantic City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Bogota, Guatemala City, Medellin, Newark, Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo, San Salvador, Barranquilla, Boston, Cali, Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Hartford-Bradley, Houston Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Pedro Sula, San Jośe, C.R., San Juan and St. Thomas.