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More low-cost fares to Florida is exactly what Norfolk needed.
Spirit Airlines has officially launched 2 new nonstop routes from Norfolk, Virginia, to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO) in Florida.
“Our Norfolk guests are in for a great ride when they discover our low fares and convenient nonstop flights to two popular destinations boasting amusement parks, beaches and attractions,” said John Kirby, vice president of network planning at Spirit Airlines.
Both inaugural services took wing on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Let’s take a look at the details.
Fly From Norfolk to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando With Spirit
Yesterday, March 8, was a big day for Spirit. In addition to the inaugural services from Norfolk, it was the first time Spirit Airlines operated flights from the airport.
While Allegiant operates a twice-weekly service between Norfolk and Fort Lauderdale, Spirit will be the only carrier offering daily nonstop service with fares starting around $100 for a round-trip flight.
The schedule is as follows:
- Depart Norfolk (ORF) 6 p.m. — Arrive Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 8:23 p.m.
- Depart Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 2:45 p.m. — Arrive Norfolk (ORF) 5:05 p.m.
Similarly, Frontier also operates the Norfolk to Orlando route — but not on a daily basis like Spirit, and you can now snap up fares from $117 round-trip. Here’s the schedule:
- Depart Norfolk (ORF) 7:18 a.m. — Arrive Orlando (MCO) 9:21 a.m.
- Depart Orlando (MCO) 7:59 p.m. — Arrive Norfolk (ORF) 9:58 p.m.
Both services will operate daily on a year-round basis. This is a huge step for the airline, and could only be the start of a raft of new Spirit routes from the airport and even more ultra-low-cost fares for those living in around Norfolk.
“We have sought Spirit Airlines service at Norfolk International Airport for quite some time,” said Mark Perryman, president and CEO of the Norfolk Airport Authority.
Hot Tip: While Spirit might be a low cost airline, it still gives its frequent flyers the chance to use points instead of cash through its Free Spirit loyalty program.
Spirit isn’t the only carrier to launch new flights from the southeastern Virginia city. Just last month, Breeze announced a whole batch of new routes between Norfolk (ORF) and Akron/Canton, Ohio (CAK), Portland, Maine (PWM), and Syracuse, New York, (SYR), all set to take off this summer.
Soon enough, there won’t be an airport in the U.S. that won’t have a bright yellow Spirit aircraft on its aprons and runways.
The ultra-low-cost carrier’s new routes from Norfolk will provide locals in the area with even more cheap fares to some of the most popular vacation spots in the U.S.
Featured Image Credit: Daniel Ross
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