Spirit Airlines announced today it has completed the relocation to LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal A. The low-cost carrier is now set to fully operate flights from Terminal A, also known as the Marine Air Terminal. Let’s investigate further.
Welcome to Terminal A
Since last year, Spirit Airlines has been slowly moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Moving to the Marine Air Terminal has the goal to enhance Spirit customers’ experience by having all flights consolidated in what could be one of the most convenient locations at LaGuardia.
From LGA, Spirit will offer the following flights, employing its Airbus fleet:
- Nashville (BNA), one daily flight
- Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), one daily flight
- Detroit (DTW), up to two daily flights
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL), four daily flights
- Los Angeles (LAX), one weekly flight on Saturdays
- Orlando (MCO), up to two daily flights
- Miami (MIA), two daily flights
- Myrtle Beach (MYR), two daily flights
- Phoenix (PHX), a seasonal service through April 16, one weekly flight on Saturdays
- San Juan (SJU), one weekly flight on Saturdays
- Tampa (TPA), a seasonal service through May 4, one daily flight.
Matt Klein, Spirit’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said,
“The consolidation of our operations at LGA is yet another important achievement for our airline as well as our Guests. We are excited to see our brand continue to grow in New York, and, most importantly, it’s a true honor to now serve all of our Guests from the historic Marine Air Terminal.”
LaGuardia’s Terminal A is one of the most historic landmarks in US aviation history. Photo: lulun & kame via Flickr.
The historic Terminal A
The Marine Air Terminal was built in 1939 and is one of two passenger terminals in the country remaining from the first generation of air travel.
It is one of the most convenient Terminals at LGA; it is accessed via a dedicated exit from the highway, avoiding road congestion like other Terminals in LaGuardia.
Terminal A is mainly occupied by JetBlue (which also serves flights from Terminal B).
The entry hall of Terminal A is a landmark of art deco details. The terminal is also home to a massive 12-foot-high, 235-foot-long mural “Flight” by James Brooks that encircles the interior wall of the terminal’s rotunda and tells the story of human flight.
Therefore, going through LaGuardia’s Terminal A is a cultural experience for many avgeek travelers and art fans.
Spirit flies from LaGuardia and Newark in New York. Photo: Spirit.
Spirit’s service in New York
In LaGuardia, Spirit is scheduling 97 flights a week in April. The airline has over 20,000 seats available each week. However, Spirit also operates several flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
From Newark, Spirit will operate 139 flights a week next month. The route from Newark to Fort Lauderdale is Spirit’s leading service from EWR; the airline has scheduled between three and four weekly flights making available 5,698 seats each week.
Spirit also flies to Orlando, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, San Juan, Austin, Nashville, Tampa, and Fort Myers.
Compared to 2019 levels, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spirit has heavily increased its commercial services from LaGuardia and Newark. According to Cirium, Spirit has increased by 51.3% its number of flights from these New York and New Jersey airports and 55.1% more seats.
Have you flown from LaGuardia’s Terminal 1? What do you think of the Marine Air Terminal? Let us know in the comments below.
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