Spirit to seek divested American gates at three airports

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Spirit Airlines plans to seek gates at Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare and Boston airports that are being divested as part of the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

"Given our growth projection, we are interested in gates at a variety of airports," a Spirit spokesperson tells Flightglobal. "Of the ones specifically addressed as part of the AA/US divestitures, we would be interested in gates at LAX [Los Angeles], ORD [Chicago] and BOS [Boston]."

American and US Airways had to divest gates at several airports as a condition for having its merger approved by the US Department of Justice. It is divesting two gates each at Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare and Boston.

Both Chicago and Los Angeles airports have said that the gates being divested at each airport will become common use facilities.

Of the three airports, Spirit operates the most flights at Chicago, with 147 flights a week, schedules in Innovata shows. Spirit has announced plans to add non-stop service to Oakland, Minneapolis and Baltimore-Washington from Chicago from May.

The airline operates 70 weekly flights at Los Angeles and 49 out of Boston.