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Spirit Airlines Expands Service To, From Nashville



Spirit Airlines will expand its service to and from Nashville International Airport by introducing nonstop flights to Austin, Cancun, Newark and Los Angeles beginning early next year.

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Daily nonstop service to L.A. and Newark will begin March 12, 2020; daily nonstop service to Austin will start March 26, 2020, and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday service to Cancun will commence on February 27, 2020.

Spirit also announced that nonstop service between Nashville and Orlando will increase to 10 flights per week beginning February 27, 2020.

The announcement coincides with the low-cost carrier’s debut in the Music City. Nonstop flights to from Nashville to Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and New Orleans begin Thursday while service to and from Orlando starts Friday. Spirit’s nonstop service between Nashville and Tampa is scheduled to begin November 5

“We’re excited to announce four new destinations as we celebrate our first day of service in Nashville, Tennessee,” said John Kirby, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning, in a statement. “As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, the Music City is a perfect match for America’s fastest-growing airline. With our low fares, non-stop destinations, and signature service, we bring the best value in the air to our guests in Nashville.”

Nashville, TN (BNA) to/from: Starts: Frequency:
Tampa, FL (TPA) November 5, 2019 Daily
Cancun, MX (CUN) February 27, 2020 Tue/Thu/Sun
Orlando, FL (MCO) October 11, 2019 Daily
*flights increase on February 27, 2020 *10 flights/week
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) March 12, 2020 Daily
Newark, NJ (EWR) March 12, 2020 Daily
Austin, TX (AUS) March 26, 2020 Daily
Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC (BWI) October 10, 2019 Daily
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) October 10, 2019 Daily
New Orleans, LA (MSY) October 10, 2019 Daily
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) October 10, 2019 Daily

Thursday’s news comes just one day after Spirit announced that it will be airlines/spirit-airlines-announces-new-service-for-2020.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>adding three new destinations from Austin beginning in February 2020.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023



Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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