Spirit Airlines sells bargain fares for flights to Florida and Las Vegas as they are the top US vacation destinations. It is the first airline to see a surge in travel demand after the lockdown of several months.
However, in May the airline said that bookings are increasing and the airline plans to add more flights for June.
More Planes in the Air
The airline is adding more flights than planned. It has increased the number of flights from 50 flights a day to more than 300 this week. Moreover, the airline plans to add even more flights in July.
As coronavirus restrictions are easing and people are traveling again, Spirit Airlines is eager to add more flights for the coming months’ schedule after a major decline in bookings.
“There is clearly a segment of the traveling public who is ready to go,” Spirit CEO Ted Christie said.
The number of Flights Increased
Spirit Airlines will be operating with an average of 550 flights daily in July. But this is a lower number of flights as compared to last year’s summer season, which was 700 flights a day. However, this is still better than the number of flights the airline was operating in April.
However, the airline will be taking passengers to about 63 destinations. Whereas it was traveling to 75 destinations before the pandemic outbreak. It plans to add more destinations once more international destinations lift their restrictions. The airline will be operating flights with all of its 154 planes.
However, Christie the surge in demand is also because of cheap fares. It has been a positive surprise for the airline as compared to what the expectations were.
“The good news is we’re seeing strength throughout the network,” he said. “It’s not just localized in any one particular geography.”
The main question is whether this increase in demand will remain the same despite a spike in coronavirus cases in certain areas of the country, including Arizona, Texas, and Florida.
Spirit is based in Florida, has a hub at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and about half of its flights touch the state.
Some states are pausing their reopening plans as the number of coronavirus cases is increasing there. On the other hand, some are imposing more restrictions on travelers coming from the states with a high rate of cases.
Meanwhile, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey said they will be asking visitors from states with increasing coronavirus cases to self-isolated for to week.
The CEO of the airline said that it is not the good news of the new restrictions from these three states. Because many people restrain from traveling to places where are quarantine restrictions.
However, he said its “too early to tell” if the quarantine requirements and rise in the number of coronavirus cases will keep travelers from traveling.
Moreover, the CEO of plane manufacturer Airbus America also raised concerns about the new restrictions.
“This is not helpful,” Jeff Knittel said. “When there are restrictions by state, it creates obstacles,”
However, Spirit Airlines said that the positive this is that people who are traveling right now are those who want to see people they know.
“The resilient consumers are usually people who want to see their friends and family,” Christie said. “When you’re going somewhere, and you know where you’re going to stay, you feel a little bit more comfortable.”
However, If demand falls for some routes, Spirit Airline will have to cut flights like other flights have done since the start of the pandemic.