Monday, May 22, 2017

Spirit Airlines to begin international service out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Spirit Airlines will begin offering international flights out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport later this year starting with Cancun.

The airline made the announcement Monday that it would offer the first international flight out of BWI to Cancun International Airport beginning Nov. 9. Baltimore is one of two cities to get flights to Cancun, with flights out of Chicago O’Hare Airport also starting in November.

“We welcome the announcement that Spirit Airlines will bring new international flight options and more ultra-low fares for our travelers,” BWI CEO Ricky Smith said in a statement. “This service boosts the travel value for our passengers, while adding to the growth and success here at BWI Marshall Airport.”

The new service brings Spirit's total markets serviced out of BWI to 19. Spirit first started regional operations out of Baltimore in 2012 with two destinations.

The airline announced in January new West Coast destinations flying out BWI for the summer with flights to Oakland, San Diego and Seattle set to begin on Thursday. Spirit also started service out of BWI to New Orleans this month.

Icelandic airline WOW Air has continued to grow its international flights out of BWI, adding service to Israel starting in September, while Southwest Airlines, BWI's largest carrier, looks to expand its international presence nationwide.

BWI set a fiscal year passenger record in 2016 in welcoming 24.7 million passengers. The airport has set monthly passenger records in 21-straight months through March 2017.

Original article can be found here: http://www.bizjournals.com

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