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Spirit Adds More Cheap Flights to Puerto Rico From 5 Cities

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Competition is getting fiercer in Puerto Rico thanks to Spirit’s latest route expansion to San Juan.

The news comes just two weeks after its direct competitor Frontier Airlines announced 8 new routes to the island, particularly from Midwest cities like Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, and Detroit.

Keep on reading to find out where Spirit will begin flying this summer!

Spirit Expands Service to San Juan This Summer

The ultra-low-cost carrier is no stranger to the island, as it started flying to Puerto Rico in 2001. To celebrate 2 decades of success, Spirit Airlines has now announced nonstop service between San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and the following 5 U.S. cities:

To/FromFrequencyLaunch Date
Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)1x dailyMay 5, 2023
Chicago, Illinois (ORD)1x dailyMay 5, 2023
Dallas, Texas (DFW)1x dailyMay 5, 2023
Detroit, Michigan (DTW)1x dailyMay 5, 2023
Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)3x weeklyJune 7, 2023

All of these routes are already serviced by existing carriers, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways. By entering these markets, Spirit seeks to bring even lower fares to these cities and grab some of the market share to this leisure destination.

Spirit Big Front Seat
Spirit’s Big Front Seat is a comfortable way to fly to Puerto Rico. Image Credit: Spirit

Following the success of existing routes, Spirit will also beef up service from these 4 cities to San Juan International Airport:

  • Baltimore (BWI): 2x daily
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL): 2x daily
  • Newark (EWR): 2x daily
  • Orlando (MCO): 5x daily

“Spirit Airlines has served the Puerto Rican community for more than two decades, offering affordable fares to connect family and friends across the United States.” said John Kirby, Spirit’s vice president of network planning, in a statement. “Puerto Rico is our number one destination in the Caribbean, with its rich history and culture, renowned beaches, tropical rainforest and the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay.”

Street in old San Juan Puerto Rico
See the beautiful old San Juan in Puerto Rico. Image Credit: Emperorcosar via Shutterstock

In total, Spirit will now fly between 13 cities and Puerto Rico, as it continues to offer once daily flights originating from Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL), and Tampa (TPA).

It’s worth noting that Frontier also made a splashy announcement at the end of January, even claiming that it will serve more routes to Puerto Rico than any other airline. In a similar fashion, Spirit now claims to be “the second-largest carrier [in Puerto Rico] by destinations, seats, and available seat miles (ASM)” with a whopping 21 daily departures by June 2023.

Hot Tip: Spirit is slated to receive new Airbus A320 aircraft this year, and you’ll be happy to hear that there are notable improvements with the legroom and seat width

Final Thoughts

Flights to Puerto Rico are about to get even cheaper this summer as Spirit brings its signature low fares to the popular island of Puerto Rico. With introductory fares starting as low as $59 one-way, these new routes are great additions to Spirit’s ever-growing route map!

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About Stella Shon

With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.


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