Spirit Airlines introducing Bradley flights this spring


From HartfordBusiness.com
By Patricia Daddona

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will launch direct, nonstop flights beginning in April out of Bradley International Airport to Florida and South Carolina, state and company officials announced Wednesday.

The airline will serve several destinations, including Myrtle Beach, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

Bradley does not have "ultra-low-cost" airlines like Spirit, which officials say is increasing in popularity among economy travelers and the college student population.

Starting April 27, the airline will provide a daily, year-round route to Orlando and four-days-per-week, seasonal service to Myrtle Beach. The airline will also provide daily, year-round service to Ft. Lauderdale beginning June 15. Bradley currently does not offer any flights to Myrtle Beach, according to CAA Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon.

Mark Kopczak, vice president of network planning for Spirit Airlines, said Windsor Locks, where Bradley is located, is the airline's 60th city to join its network.

A number of other airlines have added service at Bradley during the past year, including the addition of a regular a flight to Ireland by Aer Lingus; a route to Los Angeles by American Airlines; a route to Denver by United Airlines; and a route to Pittsburgh by OneJet.

The Spirit flights provide "another option in a growing, diversified selection of airlines ... , and we welcome them to our state," Malloy said.

Spirit plans to use 145-seat Airbus A319 and 182-seat Airbus A320 aircraft at Bradley.

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