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Spirit Airlines announces new nonstop flights out of Charleston

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Spirit Airlines has launched new nonstop services from Charleston International Airport, and has added a flight to a popular entertainment destination.

The new nonstop flight options will take passengers to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Newark (EWR), and Philadelphia (PHL), according to a Spirit news release.

Spirit also announced an expansion with a new nonstop route to Las Vegas (LAS) starting in September. The new Las Vegas route will be the only nonstop flight connecting Charleston to the popular entertainment destination, according to a news release.

Flights to Fort Lauderdale, Newark and Philadelphia will be daily, and service to Las Vegas will be five times a week.

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“…Charleston is one of those unique destinations that attract travelers year-round. These new, nonstop flights provide easy access to three major metro cities on the East Coast and make the city's rich history and coastal culture just a quick and affordable flight away,” said John Kirby, vice president of network planning at Spirit Airlines, in the release. “It’s also exciting to announce new service to Las Vegas, which is unserved from Charleston today and in addition to being a popular destination provides a gateway to many other Western destinations in our Network.”

Spirit’s Charleston service adds to the airline's long-time history in South Carolina. Spirit first entered the state more than 25 years ago with service from Myrtle Beach (MYR). The airline currently offers 17 peak-day daily departures in South Carolina. In addition to the new service from CHS, Spirit is launching seasonal nonstop flights to Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), and Rochester (ROC) from Myrtle Beach this May.

“It’s an exciting time at Charleston International Airport. We are pleased to have Spirit Airlines join us and even happier to have them announce more destinations on their first day of service for Charleston and the Lowcountry to enjoy,” said Elliott Summey, executive director and chief executive officer of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, in the release. “Lowcountry travelers have long been asking for a route to Las Vegas and we are thrilled to have Spirit offer a new nonstop flight to the Entertainment Capital of the World.”

The Spirit Charitable Foundation commemorated its new service in Charleston with a sizable donation to  Friends of Fisher House Charleston, a nonprofit focused on providing temporary accommodations to veterans and their families while the veteran is receiving medical attention at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, according to the release.

“Friends of Fisher House Charleston is humbled by the generous support of Spirit. This donation will directly benefit our Veterans and their caregivers, taking care of their needs as they have done for us,” said Joshua Strimple, president of Friends of Fisher House Charleston, in the release. “Our mission is to allow our families to focus on healing and creating a family environment for our Veterans and their caregivers because family is the best medicine! We could not accomplish this without the support of organizations like Spirit.”

Reach Jason at 864-568-7570.

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