Spirit Air - Canada Flight Connections
Spirit Airlines added new flights in 2011 for travelers flying to or from Canada. Spirit Air is a US discount airline known for having some of the cheapest flights to destinations in the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. More than 50% of their flights are to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. For travelers in Canada, the new flight routes make flying with Spirit Air an easier option than prior to 2011.
To serve the Toronto, Ontario market, Spirit Air fly from the Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG). The Montreal, Quebec area is serviced by flights from the Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG). These flights are perfect for Canadians looking to travel to any of Spirit Airlines sun destinations. The flight from Niagara Falls is Nonstop to Fort Lauderdale Florida (FLL). Fort Lauderdale is their hub for their Caribbean and Latin American destinations. The flight from Plattsburgh is non-stop to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR).
Vancouver Connections With Spirit Airlines
Spirit Air is a viable travel option for Vancouver travelers looking for cheap airline tickets to any of Spirit Airlines sun destinations. For flights to Latin America and South America, making a connection with Spirit in either Los Angeles (LAX) or Las Vegas, Nevada is often the cheapest booking. The closest that they fly to Western Canada is these two airports. (Note: In September 2011, they began flying to Portland Oregon, but flights are only between Portland and Las Vegas.) With the frequent seat sales offered by WestJet and other airlines to both of these destinations, you will often find that this is the best route to fly to get the best price on airfare. (Personal note from author: I often fly between Vancouver and Costa Rica or Vancouver and Nicaragua and I book the flight from Vancouver to Vegas with either US Airways or West Jet and then connect with Spirit. Since 2008, I have been booking my flights with this route.)
About the Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG)
The airport is located in Niagara Falls, New York. Very few major airlines fly to IAG. As of 2011, only three commercial airlines fly out of IAG: Direct Air, Spirit Airlines and Vision Airlines. The flights are to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and in Florida to Fort Lauderdale. Prior to 2011, only Direct Air was operating out of this airport. Passenger volumes were low prior to these new flights. In 2008, IAG had 56,000 passengers. Those numbers will definitely rise with more commercial flights now being offered. The driving distance between Toronto and Niagara Falls is 130 kilometers (80 miles) and takes approximately 90 minutes.
About the Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG)
Located in New York State, Plattsburgh International Airport was a former Air Force base and was upgraded for civilian aviation standards in 2007. Commercial passenger service was first introduced in June 2007. The airport is located a one hour drive from Montreal Canada. The officials at the airport are promoting the airport as “Montreal's US Airport”. Like, IAG, Plattsburgh is not served by many major airlines. US Airways is the only other well known airline with flights from PBG.
Where Spirit Airlines Fly
Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) Atlantic City, New Jersey (ACY) Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) Charleston, West Virginia (CRW) Chicago, Illinois (ORD) Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) Detroit, Michigan (DTW) Fort Lauderdale, Floriday (FLL) Fort Myers (RSW) Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) Latrobe/Pittsburgh (LBE) Los Angeles, Californina (LAX) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) New York, New York (LGA) Niagara Falls (IAG) Orlando, Florida (MCO Plattsburgh, New York (PBG) Tampa Bay, Florida (TPA) Washington DC (DCA) West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN) Aruba (AUA) Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) San Salvador, Bahamas (SAP) Santiago, Dominican Republic (ZSA) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) St. Maarten (SXM) St. Thomas, USVI (STT)
Armenia, Colombia (AXM) Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ) Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Cancun, Mexico (CUN) Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) Lima, Peru (LIM) Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) Medellin, Colombia (MDE) Panama City, Panama (PTY) San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)