International travel to Orlando has been lower than in previous years due to the global pandemic.
Foreign flights made up 13% of all flights to Orlando International Airport before the pandemic, now they only make up 6%, according to Orlando Business Journal. However, more international travel is now resuming and one of Orlando’s busiest airlines is planning on trying to boost that number.
Spirit Airlines will resume foreign flights to Orlando International Airport immediately.
The airline says their new schedule is the largest ever operated from Orlando and it includes 80 daily departures. There will be 8 new destinations and 6 existing destinations will resume service or get additional flights.
Thanks to Orlando Business Journal, here’s a look at Spirit’s updated flight schedule:
- Cancun, Mexico: Daily flights start immediately
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Flights 3 times per week start immediately
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Flights 4 times per week start immediately
Resuming or expanding flights
- Guatemala City, Guatemala: Flights 4 times a week starting Sept. 9th
- Montego Bay, Jamaica: Flights 3 times per week starting Sept. 9th
- Cartagena, Colombia: Flights 2 to 3 times per week starting Sept. 10th
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Flights 3 times per week starting Nov. 18th
- San Salvador, El Salvador: Flights 3 times per week starting Nov. 19th
- San Jose, Costa Rica: Unspecified number of additional flights starting Nov. 17th
- Louisville, Kentucky: Daily flights start immediately
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Daily flights start immediately
- St. Louis, Missouri: Daily flights start immediately
- Manchester, New Hampshire: Daily flights starting Oct. 7th
- Miami: Daily flights starting Nov. 17th
Spirit’s operations at Orlando International Airport will be 45% larger than it was at the end of 2019 with this new schedule, according to a news release.
The President of Network Planning for Spirit, John Kirby, said in a statement that “with over 80 flights each day to more than 50 cities, Spirit Airlines provides our Central Florida guests even more nonstop options including 16 popular vacation destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Last year, Southwest Airlines brought the most passengers through Orlando International Airport, with Spirit Airlines coming in second. Stay tuned to DFB for more info on travel updates to Orlando!
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