Spirit Airlines to fly Chicago-DFW route

Spirit Airlines, which just arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last month, will begin flights between D/FW Airport and Chicago O’Hare on Aug. 18.

It’ll begin the route with two daily round trips, plus a third one on a seasonal basis.

“We are extremely pleased to see Spirit Airlines add service from DFW to Chicago O’Hare, in addition to its service to Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas,” D/FW International Airport CEO Jeff Fegan said.

“It’s great to see that Spirit sees an opportunity for growth and competition here at D/FW, which will benefit our passengers with even more travel options and competitive fares,” Fegan said.

On the same day, Spirit will also begin flights between Chicago and three other cities/airports — Boston, Detroit and New York LaGuardia. On Nov. 10, it’ll add Orlando to its growing list of Chicago destinations.

At present, American Airlines dominates the DFW-Chicago O’Hare market with at least 18 flights and 2,540 seats each direction every day. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Chicago-D/FW route is American’s third biggest, behind Miami-New York and D/FW-Los Angeles.

United Airlines, the larger carrier in Chicago, has two round trips a day between Chicago and D/FW, plus five flown with smaller jets operated by regional partners.

Spirit launched service May 5 at D/FW with flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Las Vegas.

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