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Spirit Airlines Announces End of Flights to Cuba From Fort Lauderdale



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    Another U.S. airline – this time, South Florida’s own Spirit Airlines – is getting out of the business when it comes to flights between America and Cuba.

    The low cost air carrier, which is based in Miramar, said the final flights between Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and Havana will take place on May 31st.

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    “We really wanted [Fort Lauderdale-to-Havana] to work, especially being South Florida’s hometown airline... and the ultra-low cost leader to the Caribbean, but the costs of serving Havana continue to outweigh the demand for service,” said Bob Fornaro, Spirit’s president and CEO.

    The decision comes just over four months after the airline started twice daily service between the cities – part of the growing boom of flights from different companies that took place after relations began to be restored between the two countries under former President Barack Obama.

    Spirit Airlines will offer once daily flights between the cities from May 3rd to the 24th, going back to twice daily flights for the final week of service. Customers who booked flights for the afternoon will be placed on a morning flight, while those who booked flights after May 31st will receive a full refund.

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