|Quoting MAH4546 (Thread starter):|
If I am not mistaken, by the end of the year Spirit Airlines' FLL operation will be the second largest hub between the US and Latin America/Caribbean (excluding Mexico), passing CO's IAH, US' CLT, and DL's ATL operations, in terms of weekly departures. Only AA's MIA operation is larger.
|Quoting Jetlanta (Reply 2):|
NK is growing fast in FLL, but much like DL will never catch AA, I don't think NK will ever approach DL's size in Latin/Caribbean markets.
|Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 5):|
Has anyone else noticed how ridiculous the schedule out of Ponce is with all American airlines??? All of the flights leave back to the USA around 3:00am! Are the airlines trying to fly their planes empty? Someone please explain this because civilized people do not book flights that depart at 3:00am.
|Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 4):|
Thanks for the corrections. In terms of destinations and ASMs, NK will never catch up with Delta, ever. In terms of daily departures, it's possible. I'd easily put money on Spirit having 40 daily departures from FLL to Latin America/Caribbean by the end of 2008.
|Quoting Jetlanta (Reply 7):|
It's possible, but Spirit would have to more than double their international network in that period of time. They certainly seem to have the aircraft coming to accomplish it. Of course, its likely that DL will continue to grow in the region as well.
|Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 8):|
At the rate Spirit is expanding and recieving new aircraft from Airbus, this is possible. Remember that only a year ago, Spirit was not flying to Aguadilla, Freeport,Guatemala City, Lima, Managua, Ponce, Port Au Prince, San Jose, and San Pedro Sula. Spirit is planning on adding Chiclayo and Port of Spain at year's end, and at least two others (Panama City and Aruba keep getting tossed around). In 2008, Spirit plans on adding at least eight new international routes from Ft. Lauderdale. Spirit is also planning on adding Barranquilla, Bogota, and Caracas this winter pending government approval on all three. Although there are currently no free US-Colombia frequencies, talks with Colombia about expanding the air treaty by 14 weekly flights are progressing well. In exchange for Spirit being allowed to fly to Colombia, it will allow Aerorepublica to fly to Miami.
|Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 5):|
Are the airlines trying to fly their planes empty? Someone please explain this because civilized people do not book flights that depart at 3:00am.
|Quoting Njdevilsin03 (Reply 11):|
Have there been any talks of some new domestic destinations? Some western cities Seattle? Phoenix? Denver? Etc....
|Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 13):|
Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 5):
Someone please explain this because civilized people do not book flights that depart at 3:00am.
You might want to reword that since Latinos (among many others) do it every day Wink
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