NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 20, 2014) - Ultra-low cost carrier Spirit Airlines is now accepting reservations for flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Chicago and Detroit that begin on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The new daily flight to Chicago will depart New Orleans at 5:55 p.m. and arrive at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) at 8:12 p.m. The carrier will depart Chicago at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 10:48 a.m. The new Detroit daily flight will depart New Orleans at 11:20 a.m. and arrive at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) at 2:50 p.m. The carrier will depart Detroit at 3:30 p.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 5:15 p.m. This will bring the total number of nonstop destinations Spirit will offer from New Orleans to five, including Dallas which was their first entry into the New Orleans Market along with the start of daily service to Houston and Ft. Lauderdale that began August 1, 2014.

Spirit Airlines was founded in 1980 (as Charter One) and is headquartered in Miramar, FL. They operate scheduled flights throughout the Americas as well as the Caribbean and Mexico and promote a marketing theme of ultra-low fares with a range of optional services for a fee.

"Once again, Spirit Airlines is expanding their daily service in the New Orleans market," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "We welcome Spirit's new services to Chicago and Detroit, and we appreciate their faith in our city as a viable destination for their operations."

"Spirit Airlines' ultra-low cost service has been a welcome addition to the variety of low-cost service we provide at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport," said Cheryl Teamer, New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman.

"The fact that Spirit Airlines is expanding its New Orleans service means that New Orleans is good for business," said New Orleans Councilmember Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee. "Louis Armstrong International Airport is announcing new airlines and new destinations regularly. This is a great sign for the future of our economy and it is great that the people of New Orleans just gained new low cost flight options to Chicago and Detroit."

"The announcement by Spirit Airlines to begin service to Chicago and Detroit means that our community will now have a broader choice for travel to these cities among our fleet of popular low-cost carriers," said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation. "The confidence our airline partners continue to show in regards to our market as a business opportunity is welcoming."

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