With COVID-19 shutdowns starting to be lifted, Florida-based discount carrier Spirit Airlines is restarting the engines on 13 nonstop routes out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, including Atlanta, Chicago, and Cancun.
The airline had shut down flights due to the pandemic, although they were still doing flights out of DFW to Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Phoenix.
A spokesman says that the demand just was not there. "May was our low point across our network," the spokesman says. "All airlines needed to significantly shrink capacity by about 90 percent."
How about a chart showing the average scheduled Spirit flights per day at DFW from May-July 2020:
- May: 2
- June: 9
- July: 24
The airline is starting to "stair step" flight resumptions in June and July. By the end of June, they'll be connecting DFW with 14 cities. By the end of July, that total will be 18 cities.
Flights added in June include:
- Atlanta (ATL) – June 5
- Baltimore-Washington (BWI) – June 7
- Cleveland (CLE) – June 26
- Cancun (CUN) — June 25
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) – June 10
- LaGuardia (LGA) – June 25
- Chicago (ORD) - June 5
- Philadelphia (PHL) – June 5
- Tampa (TPA) – June 12
Flights resuming in July include:
- Boston (BOS)
- New Orleans (MSY)
- San Diego (SAN)
- Los Cabos (SJD)
While this is a restart, there's still a long way to go. These flights put the airline at approximately 25 percent of what their capacity was pre-COVID-19.
The airline requires face coverings for passengers and employees, and has a complete list of precautions on its website.