Spirit bolsters Dallas through new flights to Tampa and Mexico

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Spirit Airlines has opted to bolster its presence at Dallas-Fort Worth after resuming flights from the airport on 9 February to Atlanta, New York LaGuardia and Orlando.

The carrier has unveiled plans to introduce four weekly flights to Tampa on 4 May and is seeking government approval to launch service to Toluca, Mexico. Flights to Tampa follow previously-announced flights to Boston and Phoenix-Mesa on 22 March. Spirit is also launching Dallas-Myrtle Beach flights on 3 May.

Most of Spirit's new route launches during the last two years have been in the US domestic market, and have ranged from small city service to the heavily-served Las Vegas-Los Angeles market.

Spirit has familiar competition on the Dallas-Tampa pairing. American Airlines offers multiple daily flights with mainline Boeing 737s and MD-80s. Recently Spirit executives stated their carrier has the most schedule overlap with American, which could benefit Spirit if American cuts capacity as it restructures in Chapter 11.

Spirit already serves Toluca, which is Mexico' secondary airport located 70km (44 miles) west of Mexico City, from its Fort Lauderdale base. American also has ample daily service from Dallas to Mexico flown with its MD-80s.