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Spirit Airlines Brings New International Routes from Houston

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WHY IT RATES: Travel agents with clients who love to visit the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico will have more flight options to sell thanks to Spirit’s expanded service.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.


The lush beauty and diverse cultures of Latin America await as Spirit Airlines continues its international expansion, this time from Houston. Beginning September 6, Spirit will start service from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to San Salvador, El Salvador with year-round service running three times weekly to Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL).

The next day, on September 7, Spirit will begin nonstop flights between Houston and Guatemala City, Guatemala with year-round service eventually running four times weekly to La Aurora International Airport (GUA). The additions offer affordable fares for international travel to see friends, family, or just for fun.

The new routes will complement Spirit’s existing international service between Houston and Cancun and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, as well as San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The routes are set to strengthen Spirit’s growing network while capitalizing on Houston’s diverse travel needs.

The announcement comes just weeks after Spirit announced it was launching nearly a dozen routes from Orlando, Florida to Latin America and the Caribbean.

“The addition of San Salvador and Guatemala City to our Houston destination list will provide our guests more options to visit loved ones and experience all of what these amazing regions have to offer,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning. “Spirit continues to prove itself as a leader in travel to Latin America and the Caribbean by offering ultra-low fares allowing more to take advantage of our reliable service.”

With Spirit’s expanding network, the airline continues to improve on its on-time performance and guest satisfaction, while building upon its larger commitment to invest in the guest experience. The airline recently announced state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will be installed on its entire fleet by summer of 2019.

Recent Department of Transportation data shows Spirit Airlines among the top carriers for on-time performance and baggage handling. Guests can learn more about Spirit’s pledge to keep improving at InvestInTheGuest.com. To check out Spirit’s super low fares and vacation packages head to spirit.com, and don’t forget to sign up to receive alerts on Spirit’s email deals and special offers.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.


SOURCE: Spirit Airlines press release.

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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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