Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) last week announced new international flights between New Orleans, Louisiana and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Subject to government approvals, the airline will fly from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Cancun, Mexico (CUN) starting on June 10 and on June 11, Spirit will inaugurate service to San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP). The airline will also increase frequency to Orlando International Airport (MCO), with one additional daily flight, starting on April 22.
New Orleans is home to one of the largest Honduran populations in the United States. Spirit’s flights to San Pedro Sula’s Ramón Villeda Morales Airport will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays, with connecting options on other days of the week.
Spirit began flying to New Orleans (MSY) in January 2013 with flights to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Seven years later, the airline provides nonstop service from MSY to a total of 22 domestic and international destinations. Spirit’s investment in New Orleans turned it into the third-largest carrier in the city (measured by available seat miles). The airline served approximately 1.7 million guests at MSY in 2019—an increase of 20% year-over-year—with plans to continue growth in 2020.
New Orleans is the sixth city this year to gain flights to Cancun on Spirit Airlines. Flights are scheduled four times per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with connecting options available on the other days of the week.
“New Orleans has one of the largest populations of Hondurans in the United States, and we are thrilled that Spirit Airlines is now offering direct service from MSY to San Pedro Sula, Honduras—providing a much-needed connection for our community. On top of that, additional service to Cancun, Mexico will give our passengers even more options. With Spirit being our fastest-growing airline, we are grateful for their commitment to this community and look forward to a long-standing relationship with this carrier,” said Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.