Tray tables up, seat belts securely fastened — Spirit Airlines is expanding its cheap seats routes out of Bush Intercontinental Airport putting 10 new destinations within easy reach. The low-cost carrier based in Miramar, Fla., announced Friday that it will expand its new non-stop service out of Houston beginning in spring 2015.
Tampa and Baltimore/Washington are first up on the runway with daily service beginning March 26 and March 27, respectively. Wings up for Oakland/San Francisco starting April 16. Engines crank up for Cancun, Los Cabos and Toluca/Mexico City in early May. Late May will see the launch of flights to Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador.
"We're excited to offer our customers in Houston the opportunity to fly to and from these great destinations without having to spend a ton of money," Ben Baldanza, Spirit Airlines' President & CEO, said in a prepared statement. "Whether you're visiting family or the great attractions these cities have to offer, Spirit's Ultra-Low Bare Fares™ along with Frill Control™ allow many more travelers to fly to these great cities who previously could not afford it."
Before booking, keep in mind that this is a no-frills carrier. As Baldanza told the Houston Chronicle, "A Spirit flier should expect less legroom and narrow aisles. There is no WiFi or personal TV. Luggage — including carry-on — costs extra as well as beverages."