At a time when many airlines have adopted the business model of the “C’s” – as in, capacity cuts and consolidation – discounter Spirit Airlines keeps right on expanding.
New Flights to Portland, Los Cabos
Its latest move: Daily non-stop service between San Diego and Portland, Ore., and between San Diego and Los Cabos in Mexico.
Back in April, the Florida-based carrier announced new routes to Toluca, Mexico – which is just outside Mexico City – and in July it began new domestic service between Dallas and a host of U.S. cities including Los Angeles and Oakland. The airline already flies to more than 50 destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.
Spirit’s Many Fees
Love Spirit or hate it – and there are plenty on both sides – the spartan airline keeps making money. Although it often touts ultra-low fares (Spirit was once famous for its $9 airline tickets), a big source of its revenue comes from fees – Spirit charges for everything from soft drinks, coffee and water to carry-on bags. In fact, for most passengers on Spirit, a checked-suitcase is actually cheaper than toting your own bag on the plane.