Just days after Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport learned it would lose three daily Southwest flights early next year, it rolled out the welcome mat for three new daily flights by Spirit Airlines.
The first flight arrived Thursday morning at Concourse C, making the low-cost carrier the ninth domestic airline at BWI. The Florida-based airline is offering twice-daily round-trip service to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and a single daily flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"We have the legacy carriers — United, Delta, American — and we have the low-cost carriers that now includes Spirit. That's the beauty of BWI," Paul Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director, said Thursday. "The more choices the customer has, the better for them and the better for the state."
The Spirit flights were relocated from Reagan National Airport, which had the service for nine years. Airline executives said they sought to take advantage of BWI's central location in the region.