LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Spirit Airlines will soon be taking off from Louisville's Muhammad Ali International airport, officials announced Tuesday.
Starting May 27, the airline will offer daily nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando. Spirit said it focuses on more convenience and lower airfares for travelers.
"We have wanted to be in Louisville for some time," said Mike Byrom, Spirit's vice president of airport services. "Something I'm really proud to say is Louisville finally has 'spirit.'"
The one-way tickets will cost $59, according to a Spirit media relations manager. Even though flights don't start until May 27, customers can plan their trips and buy tickets already online.
"Kentucky is known as the land of the spirits," said Dale Boden, the chair of the Airport Authority Board. "We're thrilled to bring a new kind of 'spirit' into Kentucky today."
Byrom said the added flight will provide more direct access to other destinations, including international locations, to Kentucky flyers.
"I think it's really important to note that Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Las Vegas — those are three of our largest airports," Byrom said. "So the ability for folks here in Louisville to connect to other parts of our network is tremendous now."
Mayor Greg Fischer attended the press event Tuesday and said that Spirit's announcement is one of four "major economic development announcements" made since Monday. Tourism, convention and business leaders said this addition of flights is expected to make an economic impact on the city and region, especially the non-stop LA flight.
"This route is important for so many in the business community to reach the west coast," said Sandra Frazier, the chair of Impetus. "Plus, it allows people to easily reach Louisville."
Airport leaders had been working for a few years to come to bring Spirit to Louisville. They said the announcement is a big deal as the airport tries to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I think with COVID the whole industry is trying to find underserved markets and unserved markets and things that can really work and be profitable," said Anthony Gilmer, the airport's director of marketing and air service development. "Louisville is a really good market for the airlines. Every airline that is here is profitable. So at a time like this, we kind of shine on a national scale as a good opportunity for airlines like Spirit."
The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport now offers 34 direct flights and destinations.
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