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New Airline Hopes To Spirit Passengers To Las Vegas


Aired 6/24/11

San Diego air travelers will soon have a choice when they want to fly directly to Las Vegas. A new airline will begin flying out of Lindbergh Field.

Spirit Airlines says it is starting two daily flights between San Diego and Las Vegas in early September. A week later that will jump to three daily flights. Right now, only Southwest Airlines is operating direct flights between Lindbergh Field and McCarron Airport.

The low cost airline flies mostly on the East Coast, in the Caribbean and Latin America. However, the company is expanding connections in the West.

Spirit Airlines Executive Michael Pewther is flanked by an Elvis impersonator...
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Above: Spirit Airlines Executive Michael Pewther is flanked by an Elvis impersonator and a showgirl as he announces flights between Las Vegas and San Diego.

"Its great for the economy of both cities," said Michael Pewther, sales director for Spirit Airlines. "When more people fly to San Diego and more people go to Las Vegas. That's more hotel rooms rented. That's more taxis. That's more tips in restaurants. Everybody wins."

Spirit is offering fares for $9 each way on five days in September.

San Diego's Airport Authority welcomes the third new carrier to start service in San Diego in three months.

"Economic data from the San Diego Convention and visitor's Bureau show significant benefit to the region from new air service," said Robert Gleason, Airport Authority Board Chairman.

British Airways just started non stop flights between San Diego and London. Volaris Airlines is also poised to start service to Mexico City and Guadalajara.

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antoine92124 | June 24, 2011 at 9:31 a.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

this is a total scam you have to pay $20 for carryon/ your seat etc etc...

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SoCalTrader | September 7, 2011 at 1:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Warning...Do Not fly this airline. Their reservation change policies and other hidden fees will cost you more than flying any other airline. I made a reservation for 3 on a flight from San Diego to Las Vegas and the flight was accidentally reserved for the wrong weekend. (one week too early). When I called (3 days later) to change the flight from September 29th to October 6th I was told the change fee would be $480. It was cheaper for us to book 3 more flights on Southwest for the October 6th flight, than to pay the Spirit Airlines change fee. Warn your friends of their scam! If you are a club member you pay $20 for a carry on bag, each way ($40) and they also charge a :Passenger Usage fee" that other airlines I checked do not.

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