Spirit to begin service to Kansas City

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Spirit Airlines will add Kansas City to its network from August, introducing flights on routes that are currently dominated by legacy carriers.

The Florida-based carrier will begin non-stop service from Kansas City to Chicago O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Las Vegas from 7 August, and then to Houston Intercontinental from 8 August.

All of the flights will be operated daily, says Spirit. Kansas City will be its 56th destination.

"We look forward to help customers travelling to or from the Kansas City area to save money with our ultra-low fares and optional services for a total price that is tough to beat," says Mark Kopczak, Spirit's vice president, network planning. "With our unique product, value-conscious travellers get to enjoy keeping more money in their pocket to spend on the good times when they get their destination."

Spirit's entrance at Kansas City will end the monopoly held by several airlines on those routes. Besides the route to Chicago, the four other routes are now served by only one carrier, schedules in Innovata show.

American Airlines offers service between Kansas City and Dallas-Fort Worth, Delta flies between Kansas City and Detroit, Southwest Airlines operates non-stop between Kansas City and Las Vegas, and United Airlines flies between Kansas City and Houston. United and American operate between Kansas City and Chicago.