Last month Spirit Airlines announced a run at the American Airlines hub in Philadelphia, ramping up flights to a level similar to Frontier Airlines. That came after a big growth move for Spirit Airlines at American’s hub in Miami.
This time it’s Delta’s turn, though the initial incursion by the ultra low cost (and fare) carrier is more modest with just three routes. Spirit is launching service to Delta hub Salt Lake City starting May 26, 2022 with flights to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando.
This serves leisure destinations from Utah for the first time, and brings customers in existing strong Spirit markets to Utah, largely for leisure activities.
- Las Vegas double daily service
- Los Angeles daily service
- Orlando daily service
Spirit Airlines had improved their operation before the pandemic, they’ve improved their frequent flyer program, they’re finally adding internet to planes and their Big Front Seat remains one of the best deals in travel. In other words, their summer meltdown notwithstanding, they’ve actually become quite flyable and this expansion is a win for Salt Lake which tends to have high fares as a result of Delta’s dominance there.