|Published:||Jul 17, 2012 6:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 17, 2012 6:37 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Spirit Airlines is spreading its wings and offering more service out of RSW. The low-cost airline has added non-stop flights to Dallas, Boston and Minneapolis starting this fall.
Two of those cities are spring training homes of the Red Sox and the Twins. These extra flights could be home run for Lee County travelers.
"Now that spirit has added those two flights, that's great news, means that our spring training product is strong," said Jeff Mielke with the Lee County Sports Authority.
"It's a combination. You've got spring training and you've got people who want to get out of the cold," stated Spirit Airlines' Mark Kopczak. He says baseball was certainly a consideration when the company added the new routes.
Now from November to April, Spirit will have one-daily non-stop flight to Boston and Minneapolis. Great news for sports fans and Lee County businesses.
"We're a little more of an expensive destination, so for there to be some discounted airlines flying from those destinations might help with some of our college spring break businesses as well," said Mielke.
Spirit's discounted fares are encouraging other airlines to do the same.
Met Jet has announced plans to add flights in October. Southwest Airlines will resume service to Boston earlier than in past seasons.
Jetblue, who already flies direct to Boston several times a day, say they're very pleased with their strong presence in Florida and plan to continue growing by adding new flights and routes to the state.
"Anything we can do to increase the number of people that are coming here and make it easier and more affordable for more people to come to spring training is a good thing for Lee County," said Mielke.
These new flights will double the number of cities Spirit currently serves from Fort Myers. Seasonal service between RSW and these three locations will begin November 8th and run through April 24th.
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