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Spirit (SAVE) to Begin Flights From Piedmont Triad to Florida

Spirit Airlines, Inc. SAVE plans to offer customers more travel options from Piedmont Triad to Florida. To this end, the company announced new services from Piedmont Triad International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport.

The services are scheduled to begin from Sep 6, 2018 onward, except that the Piedmont Triad-Orlando service is expected to start the next day. The Piedmont Triad route is the 66th such expansion in the carrier’s network.

The round trip connecting Piedmont Triad with Orlando will operate thrice weekly all the year round while those connecting Piedmont Triad with Fort Lauderdale and Tampa will each be operational twice weekly throughout the year.

Beginning Nov 8, services will be ramped up to four times weekly at Orlando and thrice weekly, each at Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.

Spirit has been continually focused on expanding its operations. Last month, the ultra-low cost carrier began operation from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. In fact, the carrier has been making steady efforts to resume services in the Caribbean since the devastating hurricanes last year. For instance, the airline recently expanded its summer service from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston, Jamaica. It has also started a nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cap Haitien, Haiti and resumed services to St. Maarten.

Besides service expansion, the company also sets sights on enhancing its customers’ travel experience. To realize this objective, the airline recently announced plans to install state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on its entire fleet by next summer.

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Spirit carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Transportation sector are GATX Corporation GATX, SkyWest, Inc. SKYW and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. EXPD. While GATX and SkyWest carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), Expeditors sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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