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Spirit Airlines Announces New Service for 2020

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Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday it was adding three new destinations from Austin starting in February.

The low-cost carrier revealed it would offer nonstop service from Austin to Cancun, Mexico and add additional flights to Orlando beginning February 26, 2020. The airline will also launch nonstop service to Nashville and Newark from the Texas hotspot on March 26, 2020.

“Savvy Austin flyers have spoken, and they want more Spirit,” Spirit vice president John Kirby said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be announcing three exciting new destinations and more flights to Texas’ capital city and Central Texas.”

Austin, TX (AUS) to/from: Starts: Frequency:
Cancun, MX (CUN) February 26, 2020 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
Orlando, FL (MCO) Flights increase February 26, 2020 11 flights/week
Nashville, TN (BNA) March 26, 2020 Daily
Newark, NJ (EWR) March 26, 2020 Daily
Baltimore, MD (BWI) Existing Service Daily
Chicago, IL (ORD) Existing Service Daily
Denver, CO (DEN) Existing Service Daily
Detroit, MI (DTW) Existing Service Daily
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) Existing Service Daily
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) Existing Service Daily
New Orleans, LA (MSY) Existing Service Daily
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Existing Service Daily
Atlanta, GA (ATL) Existing Service Daily

Spirit will also begin service in Nashville, Tennessee, this week with nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa.

Earlier this month, the airline also announced it would offer airlines/spirit-announces-two-new-destinations-from-san-juan.html” rel=”nofollow”>daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport to San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport beginning December 19, 2019.

In addition, Spirit will add another daily flight between Philadelphia International Airport and San Juan starting on March 1, 2020.

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Expect Airlines to Supply Fewer Options and Higher Fares After COVID-19

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While many in the air travel industry are, of course, hoping for a swift and complete rebound in passenger traffic once the COVID-19 crisis finally comes under control, others aren’t as optimistic.

In fact, aviation analysts are saying that the diminished demand for air travel brought on by the coronavirus pandemic will likely persist for quite some time, even once the threat of contagion has passed.

CNN Business’ coverage looked back at the commercial aviation industry’s path to recovery after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, pointing out that passenger traffic didn’t fully bounce back until 2004. And, in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it wasn’t until 2013 that passenger traffic again reached the levels seen in 2007, just prior to the recession. The slumps seen in air traffic during those two crises were just a fraction of what the world has witnessed over the past four weeks.

It’s likely to take a long time for passenger air traffic to rebound from this unprecedented downturn, even once people are able to start flying again. As airlines resume operations, they’ll be selective about the routes they maintain and reduce frequency in order to fill more seats per plane, which will lead to higher fares than were seen before the crisis.

Chief credit analyst for airlines for S&P Global, Philip Baggaley, explained that, as airlines return fewer planes to service and fill those in operation to maximum capacity, many of the low-costs seats that fliers once enjoyed booking will vanish. “Fewer seats flying means fewer cheap seats at the margin,” he said.

“There’s going to be fewer airplanes. That means less flying,” industry consultant, Mike Boyd, told CNN Business. “So, there’s going to be less choice, and you’ll be paying more. There’s no way around that.”

Historically, major economic blows to the industry have resulted in bankruptcies and mergers for the airlines. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, there had been nine major U.S. carriers, which afterward merged into today’s four major carriers, which last year accounted for 80 percent of passengers flown aboard U.S. airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines.

It’s possible, then, that a new wave of airline failures and mergers is on the horizon, especially given that the $50-billion federal bailout promised to the industry won’t even cover the near-$65 billion in revenue that U.S. airlines would have otherwise collected, even if they only matched last year’s numbers.

“In the near term, we’re going to see a shakeout,” said Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert and professor at DePaul University in Chicago. “The weaker players may not survive this. Most industry leaders are expecting a long, painful recovery.”

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