Florida-based Spirit is known for its no-frills flights at low prices. It flies an all-Airbus fleet, operating more than 375 daily flights to 57 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
Spirit Airlines announced Thursday it will start to fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport beginning in March, the first new national carrier at the airport since Virgin America in 2008.
“As we continue to grow, we’re going into new places where we can provide a new option, a low-priced option,” said Mark Kopczak, vice president of network planning at Spirit.
Florida-based Spirit will be adding twice-daily nonstop flights to Los Angeles in March and Las Vegas in April.
Sample Spirit fare
Here is what it could cost you to fly on April 16, 2016, from Seattle to Las Vegas:
Base Fare: $43.09
Carry-on bag: $35
Checked bag: $30
Seat Selection: $7
Big front seat: $23
Airport check-in: $10
The airline is known for its no-frills flights at low prices. Passengers pay a fee for carry-on and checked bags, assigned seats and in-flight drinks (even water) and snacks.
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The cost of most services varies depending on travel dates, route and when the traveler chooses to pay. A carry-on bag paid for during booking, for example, may be $35, but at the gate would be $100. To print a boarding pass at the airport kiosk costs $2, or $10 for the agent to print it.
The company offers a membership plan, the $9 Fare Club. For $60, members gain access to exclusive travel deals and special bag prices. Spirit says members save an average $75 per booking.
Spirit has an all-Airbus fleet operating more than 375 daily flights to 57 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. It competes with other low-cost carriers such as Southwest, JetBlue and Frontier. Its other West Coast destinations are Portland, Oakland and San Diego.
Tiny Spirit has gained the attention of the major airlines by growing rapidly at major U.S. hub airports. Last month, American Airlines executives said it will soon introduce a no-frills ticket to compete.
Sea-Tac is considered the fastest-growing of the top 20 airports in the U.S., according to a report published by OAG, formerly Official Airline Guide. And last year’s passenger count put the airport at 13th busiest in the nation.
After a summer of record-breaking monthly passenger traffic, the overall 2015 passenger level through September was just over 32 million, up 13.3 percent from the previous year.
Much of that traffic has been driven by Delta Air Lines taking on Seattle-based Alaska Airlines as it tries to build its Pacific Rim service. In response, Alaska has started service to seven new markets this year.