MIRAMAR, Fla., Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For Florida’s hometown airline it is a proud moment as flights officially begin to and from Spirit Airline’s sixth Florida destination, Jacksonville!  On December 20, 2018, Spirit (NYSE: SAVE) begins daily nonstop service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). 

The JAX flights, however, are only just getting started.  On February 14, 2019, Spirit will add daily nonstop flights connecting Jacksonville to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).  Jacksonville joins Spirit’s other Florida destinations of Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

“We are so excited to be here in the Jacksonville market in our own Sunshine State,” said Laurie Villa, Spirit Airlines’ Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.  “As a Jacksonville-area native, I am very aware of what the region has to offer including great beaches, beautiful golf courses and family-friendly sporting events and festivals throughout the year.  We know our Guests will take advantage of our affordable service to the area, and our new Jacksonville-area Guests will hop on our yellow jets to vacation and visit family.”

“We are so happy to welcome Spirit Airlines to Northeast Florida this holiday season,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh said. “Their low fares are a welcome year-round gift to the community.”

Jacksonville (JAX) to/fromStarts:Frequency:
Chicago - O’Hare (ORD)December 20, 2018Daily
Detroit (DTW)December 20, 2018Daily
Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI)February 14, 2019Daily
Fort Lauderdale (FLL)February 14, 2019Daily

The inaugural service in Jacksonville comes just a few weeks after Spirit Airlines observed Veterans Day in the region by lending support to a well-known Jacksonville-area non-profit, K9s For Warriors.  The airline’s charitable foundation provided K9s For Warriors a $10,000 donation to aide in its mission to pair highly trained service dogs with veterans with a variety of needs.

The start of Spirit’s service in Jacksonville comes as the airline continues to expand and invest in the Guest experience.  Most recently, Spirit won the top spot for on-time performance according to the most recent U.S. Department of Transportation reporting.  The airline recently announced it would be adding Indianapolis, Indiana and Austin, Texas to its network and adding new routes to and from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Spirit is also in the process of installing high-speed Wi-Fi to its entire fleet.

About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky while providing an extraordinary Guest experience.  We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare.  This allows every Guest to pay only for the options they choose – like bags, seat assignments and refreshments – something we call À La Smarte.  We make it possible for our Guests to venture farther, travel more often, and discover more than ever before.  Our Fit Fleet™ is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S.  We operate more than 600 daily flights to 71 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving the communities we serve.  Come save with us at spirit.com.  At Spirit Airlines, we go.  We go for you.