Spirit postpones nonstop Tulum service

Spirit Airways is suspending plans to fly to Mexico’s latest main airport earlier than it is even opened to worldwide airways.

In a press release to TPG Wednesday afternoon, Spirit confirmed it’s suspending the beginning of its deliberate service to Tulum’s Felipe Carrillo Airport (TQO) indefinitely.

The service might be reaching out to prospects with flights already booked to supply various flights or a refund, a spokesperson mentioned.

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The airline blames the route postponement on ongoing operational constraints associated to the defects on a lot of Airbus A321neo engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney. Airline executives famous continued challenges posed by the defects throughout Spirit’s earnings name final week. Dozens of Spirit’s jets are grounded as a result of ongoing challenge, which has grow to be a serious headwind as Spirit tries to return to profitability — and compelled the airline to make different route cuts in latest months.

Spirit was set to affix a bunch of different main U.S. airways in launching service to the newly-opened Tulum airport as soon as it opens to worldwide carriers on March 28. The airport has been working for home Mexico flights since December.

Spirit had plans to serve Tulum from each Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Worldwide Airport (FLL)

Ishrion Aviation was first to report the route cutback on social media, which TPG confirmed with the service.

Felipe Carrillo Worldwide Airport in Tulum, Mexico. KORAL CARBALLO/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES

“We apologize to our visitors for any inconvenience,” Spirit mentioned in a press release to TPG. “We stay up for the chance to serve Tulum sooner or later and can share extra as soon as now we have an up to date schedule.”

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What different choices do vacationers have?

Spirit continues to supply service to Cancun Worldwide Airport (CUN), about 70-plus miles from Cancun — or a drive of about 2 hours in typical site visitors circumstances.

In the meantime, different U.S. airways are shifting ahead with plans to fly to the brand new airport in Tulum.

As of April, American Airways will serve Tulum from its hubs at Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA), Charlotte Douglas Worldwide Airport (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Price Worldwide Airport (DFW).

Routes supplied by U.S. airways to Tulum as of April. CIRIUM

United Airways will fly to Tulum from Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD), Newark/Liberty Worldwide Airport (IAH) and Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Its service from Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX) launches later this yr.

Delta Air Traces will provide nonstop service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport (ATL).

Backside line

Spirit sees this route postponement as simply that — a short lived shuttering of its plans for Tulum service. As airline officers famous of their assertion, the service hopes to reinstate Tulum plans as soon as sensible, providing vacationers an choice to fly to the brand new airport aboard an ultra-low-cost service.

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