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Spirit Airlines plans to expand to Miami International Airport later this year, increasing the already present competition among airlines for Florida travelers.

Based in Miramar Florida, Spirit Airlines, made a statement on June 8 confirming that flights will be offered starting in October from 30 cities; those including New York, Cleveland and Denver. Others include service to Cali, Medellin, Colombia, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic.

The robust service offered from and to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other domestic and international destinations has allowed Miami to become a major hub for American Airlines. 

Spirit Airlines Media Relations unit responded to Scriberr’s request for comment stating that “We are the largest airline at FLL, and we intend to stay that way. In fact, we’ll reach 100 departures per day at FLL for the first time in July. The demand is there to support growth throughout South Florida. Our flying out of MIA is in support of continued expansion in the region. Along with Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), it allows us to give our Guests more options when they travel to and from South Florida. It will not result in a reduction in flying at FLL, which remains our primary gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean along with offering service to dozens of domestic destinations.”

Notoriously started in the heart of Fort Worth Texas, American Airlines accounts for more than 5,100 of scheduled Miami flights this month. This equals to about 55% of the total, according to aviation consulting firm Cirium.

However, American Airlines is not the only household airline to inch towards an expansion into Miami. Southwest Airlines last year unveiled plans to begin their service there, as they are seeking to find profit in popular tourist destinations. Alongside the pack, United Airlines last year launched a host of point-to-point flights into Florida. 

According to Airlines for America, an industry group, American Airlines July capacity in the well known Sunshine State is the same as 2019. Capacity for the entire U.S. however is set to be down next month by about 17% compared with two years ago. 

According to Miamiandbeaches.com, In 2020 visitors revenue was 56% down compared to 2019 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear of this year’s stats so far regarding visitor spending increase. 

Spirit Airlines told Scriberr News that “as the airline ramps up plans for additional growth in South Florida due to demand that’s strong and getting even stronger”.

Scriberr News reached out to The Miami Visitor Convention Bureau but did not hear back by the press deadline.

Written ByElyce Hastings

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