Spirit Airlines to add Denver, Jamaica to BWI/Marshall flight schedule

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Spirit Airlines announced it will offer nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and two new markets: Montego Bay, Jamaica and Denver.

The new Spirit flights are scheduled to begin on March 22, 2018.

Montego Bay will be the second international route for Spirit at BWI Airport. The carrier started service to Cancun, Mexico earlier this month, on Nov. 9.

With the two new destinations, Spirit will take on Southwest Airlines, which serves both markets and is the dominant carrier at BWI. Southwest has also built a large presence in Denver, which is also a hub for United Airlines.

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Unlike Southwest, Spirit charges for checked luggage and other services, but also offers a low base fare. Its discount rival Frontier has stayed out of BWI and has instead focused on Philadelphia International Airport after briefly offering service from New Castle Airport.

For Delawareans, BWI often is a long drive, but sometimes offers lower fares, depending on the level of competition at Philadelphia. Spirit also serves Philadelphia, which has an American Airlines hub.

“Spirit Airlines continues to expand at BWI Marshall Airport, including added international service, with more flights and more ultra-low fares,” said Ricky Smith, executive director for BWI Marshall Airport. “We welcome these new flights which provide our passengers with more travel options, and we welcome further growth and success here.”

With the two new markets, Spirit will operate flights between BWI Marshall and 21 destinations. The airline first shifted its regional operation to BWI Marshall in September 2012 with flights to two markets. Spirit Airlines operates flights to 60 markets in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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