Extremely-low-cost US service Spirit Airways has launched a second every day flight to Honduras’ new Palmerola Worldwide Airport (XPL), growing the connectivity between the Central American and North American international locations.
Further connectivity between Florida and Honduras
On November 30, Spirit Airways launched flight NK1430, a brand new every day service from Fort Lauderdale Worldwide Airport (FLL) in Florida and Palmerola Worldwide Airport (XPL), the brand new hub serving Honduras’ capital metropolis Tegucigalpa, which was opened in December 2021. The aircraft landed at round 2:30 am on December 1.
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On social media, the airport authorities stated that the flight has an entire success and that it was even oversold by Spirit Airways, which we don’t know if it ought to be certified as one thing profitable.
The flight was operated with Spirit Airways’ Airbus A320neo fleet and complemented the opposite service, NK1328, which arrived every day earlier within the day. Spirit Airways now supply 31 weekly flights to Honduras from totally different cities in the US. The ultra-low-cost service is simply behind American Airways, which presents 37 weekly flights, though each firms deploy nearly the identical variety of weekly seats (5,748 for American and 5,668 for Spirit).
When the brand new flight was first introduced just a few months in the past, Mauricio Acosta, normal supervisor of Spirit Airways in Honduras, stated that this extra service supplies the Tegucigalpa area with one other handy possibility for vacationers who wish to get pleasure from Honduran tradition and people who want to go to family and friends.
US connectivity to Honduras
As of December 2022, there are 91 weekly direct flights between the US and Honduras. Within the subsequent few months, we’ll see no less than a brand new fifth freedom flight launched, operated by Volaris El Salvador (San Salvador-San Pedro Sula-Miami).
4 US carriers function all of the continuous connectivity between the US and Honduras in the intervening time. These firms are American Airways, with 37 weekly flights; Spirit Airways, with 31; Delta Air Strains, with six; and United Airways, with 17 weekly flights.
Between Mondays and Fridays there are 12 every day flights between each international locations, connecting cities corresponding to Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, New York, and New Orleans with Honduran locations Roatan, Palmerola, and San Pedro Sula.
In comparison with 2019 ranges, there are 18.2% extra flights and 27.2% extra seats accessible between each international locations.
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The energy of Palmerola
Final yr, Honduras inaugurated the brand new Palmerola Worldwide Airport. This hub was constructed to substitute the nonetheless open Toncontín Worldwide Airport (TGU), situated within the middle of Tegucigalpa and extensively often called one of the vital harmful airports on this planet, with an strategy not made for the faint-hearted.
Slowly Palmerola Worldwide has been gaining new connectivity all year long. In line with information by Cirium, Palmerola at present has 61 weekly flights by six airways, American Airways, Aeromexico, Avianca, Copa Airways, Spirit, and United Airways. Furthermore, Palmerola is anticipating to have shortly its first long-haul flights. The Spanish service Iberojet is trying to launch flights between Madrid and Palmerola on December 13.
David Hernandez, IATA Nation Consultant for Central America, Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela, stated that earlier than Palmerola, flights to Europe within the central a part of the nation had been unimaginable.
“A couple of years in the past, imagining direct flights from Europe to Tegucigalpa was unthinkable. Due to the imaginative and prescient of the brand new airport challenge in Palmerola, that is now a actuality. The arrival of extra operators strengthens Honduras’ air connectivity and will increase the socioeconomic advantages that aviation brings to the nation,” he stated.