Spirit continues growth out of Las Vegas, Houston and Denver

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Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will continue to expand at Las Vegas, Houston and Denver with the launch of four new routes from 25 April.

The Florida-based carrier will begin non-stop service between Baltimore and Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Houston Intercontinental and Los Angeles, and Minneapolis/St Paul and Denver. All flights will be operated daily, says Spirit.

The Minneapolis/St Paul-Denver service will be operated seasonally and will run through 6 November, while the other three routes will operate year-round.

"Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia International already rank among our top 20 feeder airports, combining to send approximately 1,300 travellers per day to Las Vegas in recent weeks. We're confident Spirit's entry will help to grow that number by providing travellers in those areas with more options when selecting their flights to and from Las Vegas," says Rosemary Vassiliadis, deputy director of aviation for Clark County, Nevada, which owns and operates Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

Spirit's new Baltimore-Las Vegas flights will break the monopoly held by Southwest Airlines on the route, schedules in Innovata show. Southwest Airlines is the only airline to operate non-stop between Baltimore and Las Vegas, with several flights per week.

Spirit will compete against United Airlines and American Airlines on Houston Intercontinental-Los Angeles. Southwest offers non-stop flights between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles.

US Airways and Southwest will offer competition on the Philadelphia-Las Vegas route, and Spirit will compete against Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United and Southwest on Minneapolis/St Paul-Denver.

Spirit already operates from Las Vegas to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St Paul, Oakland, Portland and San Diego.

The low-cost carrier has also been focusing growth out of Houston and Denver in recent months, on top of growing steadily out of Dallas-Fort Worth which will become its second largest operating base in 2013.

Los Angeles will become Spirit's fifth non-stop destination from Houston. Spirit added Houston to its network in September 2012 and operates from the Texan airport to Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago and Las Vegas. It will begin non-stop service between Houston and Orlando next month.

Denver was added to the airline's network in May, and the carrier flies non-stop to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix/Mesa from Denver. Spirit will begin non-stop flights between Denver and Detroit next month. With the addition of Minneapolis/St Paul, Spirit will operate to eight destinations non-stop from Denver.