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Spirit Airlines Moves from DC to BWI

The travel provider said plans are to improve flexibility, fares.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) announced Tuesday that a new airline moved into its stable of what now includes 16 carriers. 

Spirit Airlines is shifting operations from Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC, to the Anne Arundel County airport in early September.

Starting Sept. 5, two Spirit flights each day will be headed from BWI to Fort Lauderdale, FL.

On Sept. 6, the airline will add one flight daily to Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Spirit—which provides service within the U.S. and to Latin America and the Carribean—has been serving the Baltimore-Washington area for the past nine years, according to a statement from the company. 

“Our new location at BWI provides Spirit with better scheduling flexibility and the ability to add flights to more cities nonstop,” Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s senior director of network planning, said in a prepared statement. 

“Ultimately, [this move] translates to better service and more low fare options for our customers,” Kopczak said.

Fares will be $77 round-trip to Fort Lauderdale and $88 to Dallas/Fort Worth, reported the Baltimore Business Journal.

Spirit will discontinue its operations out of Reagan National Airport as of Sept. 5, 2012.

On July 2, another airline made news at BWI; Condor Airlines took passengers on its maiden voyage from Baltimore to Frankfurt, Germany, a service that will continue twice a week, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The addition of the two airlines to BWI's roster adds weight to a earlier this year that the airport will soon eclipse its Washington, DC, counterparts in passenger numbers.

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