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Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen Spirit start to focus their attention on their Florida routes. In these announcements, all but 2 of the new 13 routes touch Florida in some way, which shows you where Spirit is defending against carriers like Frontier and Allegiant. Let’s take a look at where the growth will happen:

New routes announced June 2018. Year-round routes in red, seasonal routes in black. Map courtesy of gcmap.com

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As you can see, North Carolina gets added to the Spirit map in September, with service to both Asheville (AVL) and Greensboro (GSO). These are interesting adds, as they will directly compete with Allegiant on 5 of the 6 North Carolina routes.

Prices don’t look cheap on some of these routes, and remember, Spirit will charge you for LITERALLY everything except putting your butt in a seat (well…depends on the seat). You can expect to pay for checked bags, carry-ons, self-assigned seats, boarding passes at the airport, and snacks and drinks, to name a few. As they say, you get what you pay for!

I’m excited to see how Spirit does–they’re not shy about cutting underperforming routes in order to deploy planes to more profitable places.

If you live near one of these airports, are you hoping for the “Spirit Effect” to bring down prices?

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