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Spirit Airlines launches service between Charleston and Las Vegas

Ross Norton //September 7, 2023//

Spirit Airlines launches service between Charleston and Las Vegas

Ross Norton //September 7, 2023//

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Spirit Airlines, which began offering flights earlier this year from Charleston, started service to Las Vegas on Sept. 7. (Photo/Spirit Airlines)Spirit Airlines today launched service between Charleston and Las Vegas. The new Las Vegas route will be the only nonstop flight connecting Charleston area travelers to the popular entertainment destination, the company said in an announcement released jointly by Charleston International Airport and Explore Charleston

Spirit will offer the flight Thursday through Monday each week.

To celebrate the launch, the low-cost carrier also announced new nonstop Florida routes to Tampa and Fort Myers, starting Nov. 15 and 16, respectively.

“Lowcountry travelers have long been asking for a route to Las Vegas, and we are thrilled that Spirit has delivered direct service to the entertainment capital of the World,” Elliott Summey, executive director and CEO of the Charleston International Airport, said in the news release. “Today’s announcement of new nonstop service to Tampa and Fort Myers, Fla., proves that Spirit Airlines is a great fit for Charleston and for our customers. We look forward to a successful partnership and, hopefully, future expansion of air service in Spirit’s network.”  

Spirit Airlines announced entry into the Charleston market in December 2022 and began service in April 2023 with flights to Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia and Newark, N.J. 

“Charleston’s world-class hospitality attracts travelers from all over, allowing us to expand service and connect more of our guests to the Lowcountry,” said John Kirby, vice president of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines, said in the release. “These new, seasonal routes from Florida, along with the kick-off of the only nonstop flight to Las Vegas, grows our Charleston service to five, nonstop flights this winter, It also gives our CHS guests new options for affordable travel to popular leisure destinations along Florida’s Gulf Coast.” 

The Tampa route will operate four days per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Fort Myers route will operate three days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  

"Since their initial announcement last December, Spirit's leadership team has consistently demonstrated a desire to strategically enhance service at Charleston International,” Helen Hill, chair of the Aviation Authority and CEO of Explore Charleston, said in the release. “Florida is a top state of visitor origin for us. The addition of seasonal flights to Tampa and Fort Myers increases access between the Lowcountry and these increasingly popular Sunshine State markets and further illustrates Spirit's commitment to the Charleston region."