Spirit Airlines’ expansion into the international market from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) continued this week with the inaugural flights for non-stop service to four more destinations in Latin American markets.
Just three weeks after inaugural service to destinations in Mexico, the low-cost carrier took off from Houston for Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador.
The launch is part of an expansion announced late in 2014, an addition of 10 new nonstop destinations out of IAH, bringing the total of routes served by Spirit to 22. Earlier in May, Spirit began international service to Cancun, Los Cabos and Toluca in Mexico. The ultra low cost carrier also began domestic service to Tampa and Baltimore/Washington in March, and nonstop service to Oakland/San Francisco in April.
“Spirit Airlines undoubtedly recognizes the opportunities associated with an economy as dynamic as Houston’s,” said Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “They’ve already proven their commitment to an aggressive growth strategy on the domestic front, and now we’re excited to see Spirit apply that same philosophy to Houston’s international route map.”
Spirit’s growth nearly doubled the nonstop service offered by the carrier from IAH, adding to a roster that already includes flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego. The new routes will make Spirit one of the busiest carriers operating out of IAH.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra- low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 270 daily flights to 55 destinations within the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at spirit.com.
About the Houston Airport System
Houston Airports served more than 53 million passengers in 2014. Houston’s three airports — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) — contribute more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy. IAH and HOU collectively provide nonstop flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit fly2houston.com. Get social with Houston Airports by following us on Twitter @IAH and @HobbyAirport.