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Spirit Expands in Dallas, Switches Airports in Washington D.C.

Spirit Airlines is expanding service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and switching airports in the Washington D.C. area.

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Source: Spirit Airlines

In a press release issued Tuesday, Spirit announced it will add nonstop service to five new cities from DFW, marking a total of 20 nonstop destinations served from Dallas. Spirit began operations in Dallas, the headquarters and main hub of American Airlines, in May 2011.

The new cities are Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland and Cancun, Mexico (subject to government approval).

The new domestic routes are scheduled to begin as follows:

  • DFW to Baltimore — One daily nonstop effective September 6.
  • DFW to Houston Bush Intercontinental — Two daily nonstops effective September 20.
  • DFW to Los Angeles — One daily nonstop effective April 25, 2013.
  • DFW to Oakland — One daily nonstop effective April 25, 2013.

In a separate press release, Spirit announced it will relocate operations in the Washington D.C. area from Reagan National Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) this September.

"Our new location at BWI provides Spirit with better scheduling flexibility and the ability to add flights to more cities nonstop, which ultimately translates to better service and more low fare options for our customers," says Mark Kopczak, Spirit's senior director of network planning in the release.

Effective September 6, Spirit will operate a twice daily nonstop service from BWI to Fort Lauderdale (as it has been doing from Reagan National Airport), and one daily nonstop to Dallas-Fort Worth, as mentioned above.

Spirit is known for offering ultra low base airfares and optional services for a fee.