(June 13, 2018) Spirit Airlines announced it will add two nonstop routes at Tampa International Airport, providing new and convenient connections to the popular North Carolina destinations Greensboro and Asheville. Both flights will begin September 6, 2018, and operate year-round, two to three times per week depending on the season.
With the addition of the Greensboro and Asheville flights, TPA will now have 86 total nonstop routes, 69 which are domestic. Spirit is TPA’s second-fastest growing airline, having added eight of its 21 nonstop routes in the last year, including the recently announced service between Tampa to Philadelphia on Dec. 14. Among some of Spirit’s other cities served from Tampa are the recent service additions of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Columbus and Akron/Canton, as well as to Detroit, Chicago, Atlantic City and other big-city routes.
Since TPA’s 2018 fiscal year began in October 2017, the low-cost carrier has experienced a 45.5 percent increase in passenger traffic at the Airport, and over the past five years Spirit passenger numbers have grown by 141 percent. Last year, Spirit served nearly 1.1 million TPA passengers.
TPA currently offers nonstop service to the North Carolina markets of Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte, but flights to Greensboro and Asheville are expected to be popular with both business and leisure travelers. Greensboro is home to University of North Carolina-Greensborough, Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters, The Fresh Market headquarters and Mack Trucks headquarters. Asheville has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, beloved for its restaurant and brewery scene and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
To book a flight on Spirit, go to www.spirit.com.