The skies over Seattle are continuing to grow and gate space at Seatac airport is only going to get tighter as the Ultra Low Cost Carrier Spirit Airlines begins service to Seattle for the first time in March, 2016. The airline is hoping to stimulate market demand on the west coast sectors between Seattle and Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The airline will compete with Delta and Alaska on both routes in addition to Virgin America and United to Los Angeles and Southwest to Las Vegas.
The new service by Spirit Airlines will offer twice daily service between the two destination with flights departing and arriving 12 hours apart from each other.
Flight details for Seattle-Los Angeles service
|740||SEA at 9:10 a.m.||LAX at 11:55 a.m.||March 24, 2016|
|206||SEA at 9:20 p.m.||LAX at 12:05 a.m. (next day)||March 24, 2016|
Flight details for LAX-SEA service
|739||LAX at 6:00 a.m.||SEA at 8:30 a.m.||March 24, 2016|
|253||LAX at 6:10 p.m.||SEA at 8:40 p.m.||March 24, 2016|
Flight details for Seattle-Las Vegas service
|1068||SEA at 6:25 a.m.||LAS at 8:55 a.m.||Ap”ril 14, 2016|
|292||SEA at 3:05 p.m.||LAS at 5:35 p.m.||April 14, 2016|
Flight details for LAS-SEA service
|193||LAS at 11:40 a.m.||SEA at 2:20 p.m.||April 14, 2016|
|1069||LAS at 10:01 p.m.||SEA at 12:41 a.m. (next day)||April 14, 2016|
Spirit Airlines is the ultra-low cost airline of the Americas and Home of the Bare Fare. Spirit will begin twice daily service to Los Angeles on March 24, 2016 followed by two daily flights to Las Vegas on April 14, 2016. Connections will be available to an additional 15 cities via Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
“It is a testament to the strengths of the Seattle market that a successful airline like Spirit made its decision to enter into Seattle and bring new ways of travel for our travelers, said Port of Seattle,” CEO Ted Fick. “I applaud the bold, new style of this airline, and it will be a unique addition to our airport.”
“Seattle is the perfect new city to expand our growing network,” said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. “Spirit’s super low Bare Fares™, with Frill Control™ allows customers to choose only those extras they want to pay for and gives them the most control over their travel budget. By saving on travel, our customers have more money left over for when they get to their destination.”
Last year, Sea-Tac was the fastest growing airport in the country and this year growth is in the double digits. Year to date, passenger traffic is up 13.3 percent, that’s after 2014 which saw 7.7 percent growth over the previous year.
Usually I would say Friends Don’t let Friends fly Spirit as Spirit is the Ryan Air of North America and the airline nickel and dime their passengers worse than any other airlines. Spirit charges passengers for overhead bin space, checking in at the airport, drinks on board, and more. Yet, with both of these segments being short and being large leisure market, I am sure other carriers will fill the burn of Spirit as fare wars kick off next spring.