Spirit Will Start Flying Out of Charleston Next Year — and Is Celebrating With Fares As Low As $39

Planning a weekend getaway to Charleston is about to get more affordable

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Spirit Airlines has found a new home at Charleston International Airport and will start operating out of the hub this spring.

Announced Wednesday, the low-cost carrier will debut three nonstop routes from Charleston to Fort Lauderdale, Newark, and Philadelphia starting April 5, 2023

"We're excited to connect the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, with three of the biggest metro areas on the East Coast," Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines, John Kirby, said in a statement. "Spirit's affordable fares and convenient, nonstop flights allow Guests to travel more often to visit friends and loved ones, and explore Charleston's attractions, coastline and world-class restaurants."

To celebrate, Spirit will kick off the new service with special introductory fares. The Charleston-Newark and Charleston-Fort Lauderdale routes will be available starting at $49 one-way for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. In addition, passengers traveling between Charleston and Philadelphia can find one-way fares for $39. These special introductory fares must be purchased at least 14 days in advance.

Travelers departing from South Carolina's busiest airport with Spirit will also be able to connect to international flights in Latin America and the Caribbean through Fort Lauderdale. 

"We are grateful for Spirit's commitment and investment in our community and the Charleston International Airport," said Elliott Summey, airport executive director and CEO, shared in a separate statement. "Spirit's low fares and affordable flights provide more options for travelers to take a vacation here in Charleston, or for local residents to visit family and friends in three major cities any day of the week."

Spirit's arrival at Charleston International Airport will increase the number of airlines serving it to 13. The city will be the second South Carolina destination for Spirit as it has operated out of Myrtle Beach for over 25 years.  

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