Spirit resumes flights to six international destinations from Orlando in December
The airline resumes its direct services to Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador
Spirit Airlines is flying back to Latin America from Orlando, just in time for the end of the year celebrations. Based in South Florida, the airline is resuming six direct international routes to provide more travel options for people looking to visit friends and family in their favorite destinations. These flights will be the first direct international flights from Central Florida operated by Spirit since the border closures.
Spirit will resume its international flights from Orlando International Airport (MCO) throughout the month of December, beginning with direct service to Colombia and Honduras, followed by flights to Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
In the Caribbean, Passengers looking to travel to Puerto Rico will have even more options in early 2021. Spirit will reactivate its service to Aguadilla (BQN) once the airport reopens in January. Daily flights to the northwest of the island will complement Spirit's existing service to San Juan (SJU), which operates up to five times a day.
“The end of the year vacations are the perfect time to visit family and friends, and we are excited to provide so many direct flight options to international destinations from Central Florida,” said Matt Klein, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) from Spirit Airlines. “Orlando is one of our largest markets and where many of our domestic and international flights originate. We know how valuable it is for our Passengers to be able to get on a plane and fly directly to their destination, without having to connect to other airports. "
Spirit has carried 2.6 million Passengers to and from Orlando in 2019. The airline reactivated most of its domestic flights from Orlando in July as demand for air travel increased. Spirit's resumption of international service at MCO increases to 38 direct flights to destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline will offer Passengers an average of 53 flights each day during the month of December. That's a ten-fold increase compared to the five flights available each day when demand for air travel was at its lowest in 2020.
"International service at Orlando Airport benefits the entire community and our tourism partners," said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "We are pleased that Spirit is taking steps to rebuild that connectivity, including resuming service to international destinations currently suspended during the pandemic."
Spirit began its MCO operation in 1993 and has become one of the leading providers of employment in Central Florida. The airline employs about 1,200 people directly in the Orlando area and its operations support another 500 contractors in the region.