Spirit adds six routes from Nashville

Nashville is set to become the latest addition to US carrier Spirit Airlines' expanding network.

US low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is expanding its service to Nashville in Tennessee, with the launch of six new year-round routes from 10 October 2019.

The airline will begin daily non-stop service from Nashville International Airport (BNA) to Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando. It will also add non-stop service to Tampa on 5 November.

“Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has a lot to offer,” Spirit chief executive Ted Christie said.

“From the best live entertainment and family-friendly attractions to a robust food and craft beer scene, there is something for everyone. We’re equally excited to bring our new Nashville-area guests to great destinations throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Spirit Airlines will become the 15th airline operating at Nashville International Airport, joining other budget carriers Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air.

Dr A Dexter Samuels, Nashville International Airport’s board chair, added: “The addition of new airlines and more air service creates competition in various markets and helps keep air fares affordable for our passengers.”

According to data from OAG Schedules Analyser, Spirit will face competition on all six new routes.

Baltimore/Washington has a six-weekly Southwest service; Fort Lauderdale is served by Southwest and JetBlue, four- and two-weekly respectively; and New Orleans has four times per week Southwest flights.

Las Vegas is also served by Southwest twice weekly and Frontier weekly; while Southwest, Frontier and Delta Air Lines serve Orlando International. In addition Allegiant Air serves Orlando Sanford.

Biggest airlines at Nashville International by capacity share of departure seats (w/c 2 June 2019):

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