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Photo Release -- Santa Makes Surprise Visit to Spirit Airlines Headquarters to Personally Thank Airline for Coming to Aid of Texas Travelers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photo Release -- Santa Makes Surprise Visit to Spirit Airlines Headquarters to Personally Thank Airline for Coming to Aid of Texas Travelers09:45 EST Tuesday, December 20, 2011MIRAMAR, Fla., Dec. 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last week, after answering an urgent call from the North Pole, Spirit (Nasdaq:SAVE) came to the aid of Santa and Texas travelers by announcing that its new DFW – Orlando service will start February 9, 2012, just in time for those wishing to go to Central Florida for spring break.Spirit employees gave a cheer to Santa and a hats off salute to DFW. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11281 Today, Santa made a surprise visit to Spirit's headquarters in South Florida to personally thank the airline for helping out during the holidays and for affirming its commitment to the Dallas/Fort Worth market. "I want to thank everyone at Spirit for coming to the aid of Texas travelers not only during the holidays, but for the ultra low fares you offer year round," said Mr. Claus. "We're looking forward to welcoming even more Texas travelers aboard Spirit Airlines in 2012 as we add service to even more cities from DFW," said Spirit's Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle. "You know, Santa, since you came all this way to visit us, we can't let you leave empty handed. How about if we give you gift certificates for everyone?" The elves at Spirit went to work immediately to prepare the $35 off gift certificates* that are available today and tomorrow only at www.spirit.com. Spirit is starting non-stop daily service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Orlando, New York LaGuardia and Atlanta on February 9, 2012. Daily non-stop service from DFW to Boston begins on March 22, 2012. Spirit currently offers non-stop service from DFW to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Chicago.About Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services for a fee, allowing customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while creating new jobs. Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers. Spirit's all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 175 daily flights to over 45 destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com. The Spirit Airlines logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=9737 MEDIA NOTE: Spirit aircraft photos and video b-roll is available in the press room section of spirit.com at http://www.spirit.com/Pressrelease.aspx. *To receive $35 off* your next roundtrip purchase to/from Dallas/Fort Worth, just enter 35OFF in the promotion code box when booking a qualifying flight. All flights must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 21, 2011 for travel starting from January 6, 2012 to September 30, 2012. Coupon usage is exclusively for travel to and from Dallas/ Fort Worth. To save $35 off* your roundtrip purchase, you must enter 35OFF (all caps, no spaces) in the promotion code box on the homepage when booking your flight. Once the promotional code is entered, fares displayed will automatically reflect a promotional discount of $17.50 off each way for a total discount of $35* when purchasing a roundtrip reservation. Additional terms, conditions, taxes and fees apply. Baggage charges may apply.CONTACT: Media Contacts: Misty Pinson Director, Corporate Communications misty.pinson@spirit.com 954-628-4827/cell 954-918-9432 Manuel Jaquez Senior Manager Commercial - Latin America manuel.jaquez@spirit.com 954-628-4898