Spirit Airlines seasonal service to take off sooner than had been expected
By Joe Napsha
Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Spirit Airlines said Thursday it will start its seasonal service from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in February, three months earlier than planned.
The discount carrier, which began service to the Unity airport in February 2011, said it will have three weekly nonstop flights from the local airport starting Feb. 14, with service increasing to daily flights on April 24.
By initiating the service in mid-February, the Miramar, Fla.-based airline said it can fly passengers to the South Carolina beach resort for Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend.
Spirit is expanding service at Arnold Palmer Regional in conjunction with moving up the starting dates for seasonal service to Myrtle Beach from Chicago, Detroit, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Charleston, W.Va.
“We are extremely happy with the news of the expansion of service to Myrtle Beach. This is a grand example of the collaborative effort of Spirit Airlines and the airport in providing the tri-state area with exceptional ultra-low discount service,” said Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, which manages the airport.
“The availability of affordable transportation into the Myrtle Beach area is crucial to building our tourism economy and enhances our ability to market the area as a year-round, world-class vacation destination,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
Spirit has served more than 184,270 passengers at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport since it initiated service to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February 2011. It added service to Myrtle Beach in May 2011; expanded to Orlando in May; and will add a flight to Dallas-Fort Worth in June 2013.
For the first 10 months of 2012, Spirit flew 120,265 passengers into and out of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, according to the airport authority. Two years ago, the airport did not have any commercial carriers.
Spirit's success at the airport has been a driving force in the authority's discussions about building a new terminal that could cost as much as $20 million.
The authority this year expanded airport parking lots and is considering more space for parking. It has acquired properties along Route 981, adjacent to the airport, that would allow for a new entrance off Route 981.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ligonier Theatre looking to upgrade to digital equipment
- Farmer to continue in leadership role
- Gettysburg journey finally complete for Honor Guard members
- Mt. Pleasant shows support for fire victims
- Southwest Caucus hears from Dems running for governor at Delmont event
- South Greensburg bugler still playing ‘Taps,’ but few others continue tradition
- Latrobe couple accused of using car trunk to end son’s fear of the dark
- Grant funds boost Westmoreland recreation projects
- Ligonier Y ups security in response to threat
- Police say student made Greensburg Salem bomb threat
- No tax hike in budget for Ligonier Township