Spirit Airlines has launched its planned service between Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport (LAS) and Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) this morning.
The new service provides visitors to Albuquerque with a daily, nonstop connection to Las Vegas (LAS) and over a dozen different connections throughout the United States.
Spirit's Las Vegas hub is one of its most important, with around 70 flights each day and access to over a dozen cities across the airline's route map. This year, Spirit is the second biggest by departing seats at LAS.
This announcement is welcome news for ABQ after Allegiant Air, another low-cost carrier, ended service out of the airport in May of 2022.
"Albuquerque makes for a great debut into New Mexico, offering our Guests affordable and easy access to the vibrant culture and unique recreational activities found in the Duke City," said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. Additionally, we're excited to welcome Albuquerque travelers onboard with daily non-stop service to the Entertainment Capital of the World, which also serves as a gateway to many other popular destinations in the Spirit Airlines Network."
Spirit will use an Airbus A320 for the daily route.
Great win for ABQ. Getting more service there shouldn't be so hard considering the population. But, we live in uncertain times and perhaps this is signaling a turn for the region.