Jamaica Has Spirit!; Spirit Airlines announces service to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spirit Airlines today announces new non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale and Montego Bay, Jamaica starting November 10, 2005 and between Fort Lauderdale and Kingston, Jamaica starting December 15, 2005. Spirit will also offer connecting service to both Jamaican destinations from Atlantic City, Chicago/O’Hare, Detroit, NY/LaGuardia, Providence/Boston Area, and Washington, D.C./Reagan National.

This new service will support Spirit’s Caribbean expansion. This is the second time this week that Spirit Airlines has announced new service between Florida and the Caribbean. On Tuesday, Spirit announced new non-stop service between Orlando, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas starting on November 10, 2005.

“We are delighted to add Jamaica to our fast-growing route map,” said Barry Biffle, Chief Marketing Officer of Spirit Airlines. “These flights guarantee visitors and Jamaicans alike can take advantage of our low fares and quality service from our Fort Lauderdale hub. Our new service to both Kingston and Montego Bay reflects Spirit’s commitment to become the leading low cost carrier to the Caribbean.”

“We are pleased to welcome Spirit Airlines to Jamaica at this time when our airport system, as well as our tourism infrastructure, is undergoing major expansion and development,” said Earl Richards, President, Airports Authority of Jamaica. “The arrival of this new passenger service is indeed a signal of confidence in the potential for growth in business and tourism between our countries. We certainly welcome the introduction of this new service, which will increase our accessibility and airlift capacity into Jamaica.”

“MBJ Airports Ltd, is very happy to welcome Spirit Airlines as a new entrant carrier to Montego Bay,” said Jorge Sales, CEO for MBJ Airports Ltd. “The introduction of a major low cost carrier (LCC) into Jamaica is an exciting step for the airport and its customers and one we have been looking forward to. Spirit Airlines comes at a time when tourism is on the rise, new hotels are being constructed and most of all, our new state of the art airport terminal opens for business in December this year. We are confident that this airport -airline partnership will be mutually rewarding for both our companies.”

“We are very excited to hear about this new service to Jamaica from Spirit, Broward County’s Hometown airline,” said Tom Jargiello, Director of Aviation at Broward County Aviation Department. “The Jamaican population is the largest Caribbean group in Broward County and the new service to Kingston and Montego Bay will provide local residents with a new, cost-effective means of transportation for their families and friends. It will also have a positive economic impact for both Broward County and Jamaica, and we are confident that Spirit will do well and continue to expand in the international marketplace.”

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