Spirit Airlines says it will add four new direct flights from Tampa International Airport to four Southern cities, and one will be year-round.
Spirit officials say the direct daily flight from TPA to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina will be year-round.
The line is significant because Charlotte is a growing Southern business hub. The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance says "the Charlotte region has seen $5.5 billion in capital investments and nearly 14,000 jobs announced since 2020 ... More than 80 people move to the Charlotte region — home to 3.1 million people — every day."
The other three new destinations will start Nov. 15, will be seasonal and will consist of four flights a week. Those flights will be to Charleston International Airport in South Carolina; Norfolk International Airport in Virginia; and Richmond International Airport in Virginia.
Additionally, Spirit announced seven seasonal flights will resume in October and November.
Seasonal daily flights will resume on Oct. 5 to Boston's Logan International Airport; Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; and Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana.
On Nov. 15, daily seasonal flights will resume to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston; Philadelphia International Airport; and Pittsburgh International Airport.
Also on Nov. 15, Spirit will fly four times a week to John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio.
John Kirby, Spirit vice president of network planning, says Tampa fliers have embraced Spirit's low-fare service for 30 years, "allowing us to grow and bring 'more go' to incredible destinations, including these four new flights and other resuming routes. It also makes it easier for our guests across the network to visit the heart of Florida's Gulf Coast and enjoy its culture and popular attractions."