RDU Has Spirit: Spirit Airlines Joins The Raleigh-Durham Family Of Airlines

Spirit Airlines announced today it will begin nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to seven cities.

The seven nonstop flights will operate daily year-round service between RDU and Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTW), Orlando, (MCO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and New Orleans (MSY) with either the 145-seat Airbus A319 or 182-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Spirit Airlines operates one of the newest fleets of Airbus aircraft in the Americas.

“This community looks forward to not only Spirit’s commitment to low fares but also our shared priority of providing great customer service,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “We are happy to welcome Spirit Airlines, the newest airline to join RDU and the Research Triangle community.”

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) Starts: Frequency:
Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC (BWI) May 2, 2019 2x daily, year-round
Boston, MA (BOS) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round
Chicago, IL (ORD) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round
Detroit, MI (DTW) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round
Orlando, FL (MCO) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round
New Orleans, LA (MSY) May 2, 2019 Daily, year-round


RDU saw more than 12.8 million passengers fly through the airport in 2018. RDU has 68 non-stop destinations. Spirit Airlines now becomes the 11th air carrier to serve RDU travelers.

“We are excited to bring our low fares and signature service to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, our third destination in the Tar Heel State,” said Matt Klein, Spirit Airlines’ senior vice president and chief commercial officer. “Our nonstop service to seven of Spirit’s largest destinations will allow our new Guests in the Research Triangle to get away just in time for a summer vacation.”

About the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and its 300 staff operates and manages Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the primary air travel gateway to central North Carolina. The airport serves more than 12 million passengers each year, 30,000 customers every day and is home to more than 5,000 employees. The Airport Authority has won the Triangle Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer of the Triangle for the past three years straight and in 2015 was named by J.D. Power & Associates the third-best medium sized airport in the United States.