Spirit starts next month out of Hartford

Spirit is on very aggressive airline, who has put the “no thrills” into “no thrills” airline.   They are extremely aggressive and will be starting next month out of Harford.

Spirit’s first flights from Hartford will begin April 27 when it launches daily flights to Orlando and four-times-a-week service to Myrtle Beach.  Daily service to Fort Lauderdale will start June 15.    The Florida routes are intended to operate year-round; the South Carolina service will be seasonal.

They could easily do the same out of Worcester (ORH),  but instead of Fort Lauderdale (FLL) or Orlando (MCO), replace them with Tampa or Fort Myers.  Check out their route map.

This makes alot of sense for them since they are targeting Southwest and they have had a great deal of success with a similar airport, Arnold Palmer Airport out of LaTrobe, Pennsylvania, where they fly to:

  1. Myrtle Beach
  2. Orlando
  3. Fort Lauderdale
  4. Tampa
  5. Fort Myers



  1. Tim's Gravatar Tim
    March 10, 2017    

    I certainly think that any and all service out of Worcester is a good thing, but enough with Florida already. I’ve flown from Worcester to Orlando on Jet Blue and then driven to Tampa, it’s a quick and easy 90 min drive. Florida is already well served. Nine of ten destinations out of Worcester in the past two decades have been Florida. The Florida Shuttle, Pan Am, Allegiant, and the list goes on. Connections are very few via MCO or FLL. I vacationed in Jamaica last year and we could not use Jet Blue to get there from ORH. Rather than spend effort and resources on yet more Florida cities, how about somewhere else in the world to broaden the customer base for ORH?

    What’s exciting about service to JFK is that you can then get connections to anywhere. What’s disappointing is that with one stingy flight per day, ORH will remain a leisure travel choice but not a business choice. Got a three hour meeting in JFK? You dont want to wait 18 hours to catch a ride home from your 6AM departure. If you can’t be home in time to tuck the kids into bed, you’ll fly from Boston.

    While Myrtle Beach had good success when it was here, and could be successful again, it wouldn’t be a game changer in the least. The rumors about American looking at a return to Worcester brings far more potential with possibly multiple dailies to Chicago, JFK or other AA hubs throughout the US. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that there is something real behind the rumors.

    Glad to see the increase in posts on this blog, I check it regularly and usually there is sparse activity. I do believe that better days lie ahead thanks to MassPort and Cat III ILS. It can’t come soon enough for me!

    • BillRandell's Gravatar BillRandell
      March 10, 2017    


      Agree with all you say. But the bottom line is we are a secondary airport that needs to re-establish ourselves, which we are. The way other secondary airports have done this is with leisure flights to Florida and Myrtle Beach. Actually we are breaking the norm with the JFK flights next year. The main reason it is next year is to coincide with CAT III< although the timing of the announcement is questionable. I know the Florida flights are night American to Chicago, but that is how we end up getting there. Bill

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