Back in 2004, Spirit Airlines flew its first flight to Cancun, starting a strong relationship between Cancun International Airport and the ultra-low-cost airline.
It’s celebrating 20 years of service to the Mexican Caribbean by reflecting back on its early start in Cancun and providing discounts for travelers visiting in the future.
20 Years in the Mexican Caribbean
Cancun was a much different place 20 years ago when Spirit Airlines announced its inaugural flight to bring budget-oriented travelers to the Mexican Caribbean’s beach travel hotspot.
“For 20 years, we’ve been pleased to offer our guests affordable, nonstop service to Cancun, making the popular beach destination more accessible and affordable with the opportunity to save on airfare while enjoying more of Cancun’s tourist attractions,” said Spirit Airlines Vice President of Network Planning John Kirby in a company press release. “We’re grateful to Cancun International Airport and our guests in Southeast Mexico for embracing our business model and trusting us with their travels for the past two decades.”
Spirit currently flies nonstop from nine cities in the United States direct to Cancun. The airports with flights include Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
It also recently announced that it will be among the first United States airlines to fly nonstop to Tulum International Airport when it opens for international flights in March. The Spirit Airlines flights will start from both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale with a scheduled starting date of March 28.
Celebration Gifts from Spirit
For travelers to Cancun, Spirit Airlines is offering bonus frequent flyer mileage for flights and special 20th Anniversary Fares between February 7 and March 6. Prices in most of the nine cities with nonstop flights to Cancun started as low as $79 one way.
However, Spirit’s anniversary airfare specials from Philadelphia start at $89 one way; Detroit at $99 one way; and flights from Baltimore start as low as $129 one way to Cancun.
Also, as part of the celebration of 20 years of serving the Mexican Caribbean, the Spirit Charitable Foundation announced that it is providing a symbolic $20,000 grant to the nonprofit Keeping Kids in School located in Playa del Carmen.
The organization provides scholarships to children in Playa del Carmen and Tulum who would struggle to have funds to attend school and obtain an education for their future success. They also provide backpacks to students across the entire Riviera Maya region.
According to the Keeping Kids in School website, their programs combine financial assistance, community connections, and educational support to produce an 86 percent high school graduation rate vs the standard of less than 50 percent in the Riviera Maya.
What Travelers Need to Know
Travelers looking to save some money on their next budget vacation getaway to Cancun and the Riviera Maya may want to take advantage of the special fares being offered by Spirit Airlines.
The special fares will go on sale on February 7 and last until March 6, based upon availability and demand.
Competition among airlines and the opening of the new Tulum International Airport should provide travelers with more options for airlines, flights and fares.
The added competition of now four international airports in the Yucatan Peninsula means that rates should remain competitive and most likely very affordable for travelers.
However, the low airfares should only provide a balance to the high expected resort and hotel room rates as the demand for accommodations in Cancun and Riviera Maya will continue to outstrip supply.
That will especially be the case during peak holiday travel periods until more hotel properties come online in the region.
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