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Spirit Airlines Starts Service Between Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Spirit Airlines Starts Service Between Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas10:30 EST Thursday, February 09, 2012$28.79 Fares (each way based on round trip purchase)* Available at Spirit.comBased on $9.00 base fare plus taxes and fees* MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) today starts twice daily non-stop service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Las Vegas. To celebrate, Spirit is offering $28.79 fares, which is a $9.00 base fare plus taxes and fees,* between Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas (each way based on round trip purchase) available today and tomorrow at www.spirit.com. "The introduction of our ultra low fares between Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas gives travelers a convenient and affordable opportunity to take advantage of all that both of these destinations have to offer," says Spirit's Senior Director of Sales Michael Pewther. "Our cheap base fares give consumers the opportunity to save money on travel, and our range of optional services for a fee allows customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value." "This is a great announcement for Valley travelers and one many people will be excited about," said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Board Chairman and Town of Gilbert Mayor, John Lewis. "Las Vegas was determined as the top requested destination for people flying out of Gateway and I know this route will be a great benefit to both business and leisure travelers." "We are excited to welcome Spirit's first flight from Las Vegas to Mesa," City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. "Each new airline and each new destination shows that Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is excelling in the midst of and in spite of the struggling economy." "We're happy that Spirit is launching service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport," said Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Deputy Director Clark County Department of Aviation. "Since 2007, cuts made by other carriers have reduced the number of seats flying in from Phoenix by approximately 20 percent. Spirit's new service will greatly narrow that gap, making it easier for travelers to fly between Las Vegas and the Phoenix area." "The partnership between Las Vegas and Spirit Airlines began nearly a decade ago and continues to evolve and provide more options for travelers," said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.Schedule for Spirit's Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) – Las Vegas (LAS) service effective February 9, 2012:               Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency From Phoenix-Mesa to Las Vegas 12:23 pm 12:28 pm 623 0 Daily   8:50 pm 8:55 pm 949 0 Daily From Las Vegas to Phoenix-Mesa 9:38 am 11:43 am 480 0 Daily   6:05 pm 8:10 pm 520 0 Daily  Fares from $28.79* (each way, including taxes and fees, and based on round trip purchase):         Each Way, including taxes and fees Applicable Dates Phoenix-Mesa – Las Vegas $28.79 ($9 base fare) 14-Feb, 15-Feb, 3-Mar, 8-Mar, 13-Mar, 18-Apr, 21-Apr, 24-Apr Las Vegas – Phoenix-Mesa $28.79 ($9 base fare) 16-Feb, 17-Feb, 23-Feb, 2-Mar, 3-Mar, 18-Apr, 19-Apr, 25-Apr  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 are available in the press room section of spirit.com at http://www.spirit.com/Pressrelease.aspx. *Individual travel-date specific fares must be booked on spirit.com by 8:59PM ET on February 10, 2012 for travel on the dates as specified by individual market and by market direction. Fares are based each way on roundtrip purchase and roundtrip travel is required, but these fares may be combined with other valid and applicable Spirit Airlines fares on other dates of travel. Lower fares generally available at the airport and are subject to availability. To become a member of Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club, click here for membership details and Terms and Conditions. Not all markets are operated on a daily basis during the travel period, or necessarily for the entire travel period -- please see www.spirit.com for details. Air Travel within the United States Quoted fare includes the base fare plus any applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges. The following taxes and fees apply to your domestic air travel: - September 11th Security Fee: A September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 applies per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport up to $10 per roundtrip. - Domestic Segment Tax: A segment tax of $3.80 per U.S. domestic flight segment (a flight segment is defined as one takeoff and landing). - Passenger Facility Charges (PFC): Up to $18 per round trip per customer in local airport charges. - Passenger Usage Fee: Passenger Usage Fee of $16.99 per one way travel per traveling customer applies to most reservations. A lower fee of $8.99 may apply to certain discount fares. No fee applies to bookings completed at Spirit Airlines' airport locations. - Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee: Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee of $2.00 per one way travel per traveling customer applies to most reservations. No fee will apply to certain discount fares. No fee applies to bookings completed at Spirit Airlines' airport locations. International Air Travel (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) Quoted fare includes the base fare plus any applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges. The following taxes and fees apply to your international air travel: - September 11th Security Fee: A September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 applies per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport up to $10 per roundtrip. - APHIS User Fee of up to $5.00 per traveling customer upon arrival to the U.S. - Immigration User Fee of up to $7.00 per traveling customer upon arrival to the U.S. - Customs User Fee of up to $5.50 per traveling customer upon arrival to the U.S. - Passenger Facility Charges (PFC): Up to $9.00 each way per traveling customer. - International arrival/departure tax of $16.70 for each arrival and departure to and from the U.S. - Passenger Usage Fee: Passenger Usage Fee of $16.99 per one way travel per traveling customer applies to most international reservations excluding bookings completed at Spirit Airlines' airport locations as well as flights originating in or departing from airports in Colombia or Panama. A lower fee of $8.99 may apply to certain discount fares. - Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee: Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee of $2.00 per one way travel per traveling customer applies to most reservations. No fee will apply to certain discount fares. No fee applies to bookings completed at Spirit Airlines' airport locations. - Non-U.S. government taxes and fees of up to 19% of total fare. All Air Travel - Most fares include Fuel Pass Through; however, certain fares exclude Fuel Pass Through, including itineraries originating in Colombia where there is a mandated fuel surcharge that differs from the Fuel Pass Through. - All fares are subject to change until purchased. - All reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable except that refunds are allowed for reservations made 7 days or more prior to departure and provided that a refund request is made within 24 hours of initial reservation. Changes or cancellations made to itineraries will be subject to change fees, any fare differential, any differences in government taxes and fees and, with the exception of fees for carry-on bags and first and second checked-in bags, any difference in carrier's ancillary charges. - For a complete list of rules and regulations please refer to Spirit Airlines' Contract of Carriage. Packages/Car Rentals Rates include flight and hotel taxes and fees. Car rental rates do not include taxes, airport fees, insurance, options, underage driver charges (if applicable) or fuel costs, all of which must be paid directly to the rental car company and are subject to change by each individual State and/or location. Other Fees Additional baggage fees, change fees, and advance seat assignment fees 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