TAMPA — Spirit Airlines' new seasonal flights from Tampa to Chicago begin today, as does increased service to Detroit.
The flights are part of Spirit's seasonal push to bring more people from cold climates to sunny Florida.
Other flights include nonstops between Fort Myers and Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and service from Fort Lauderdale to Minneapolis/St. Paul and from Atlantic City to West Palm Beach.
The daily nonstop service from Tampa International Airport to Chicago's O'Hare will continue through April 24.
"We're delighted to add this new low-cost option for nonstop flights to Chicago to our menu of offerings. We're continually working to provide air service that suits a variety of budgets and travel needs," Chris Minner, Tampa International Airport's vice president of marketing, said in a prepared statement. "And the timing of this launch couldn't be better, with winter weather approaching. I hope all of our Midwestern friends will consider taking advantage of these flights to experience some Florida sunshine."
Spirit, based in Miramar, is known for inexpensive base fares and high fees for things like checked and carry-on baggage. Its all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 200 daily flights to more than 50 destinations within the United States, Latin America and Caribbean.