Spirit joins Allegiant in serving Phoenix Mesa

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Spirit Airlines aims to bring more scheduled service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport beginning February and March of next year.

Spirit joins Allegiant Airlines as the second scheduled service carrier at the airport. Phoenix-Mesa became a gateway for Allegiant in 2007, and the carrier currently offers it low-frequency leisure flights to more than 30 destinations from the airport.

Spirit plans to launch two daily flights to Las Vegas on 9 February, followed by a single daily flight to Dallas-Fort Worth continuing to Fort Lauderdale on 22 March.

The only market Spirit will compete directly with Allegiant in is Las Vegas.

Non-stop flights to all three destinations from Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, located 46km (30 miles) from Phoenix-Mesa, are ample. American and US Airways serve Dallas, US Airways' regional partner Mesa and Southwest serve Las Vegas and Southwest and US Airways offer flights to Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit has been making a push into more domestic US flying during the last year, and recently announced new service from Dallas to New York LaGuardia, Atlanta, Orlando, and Boston beginning in the first quarter of 2012.