Spirit Airlines

Airline info

  • Address: 2800 Executive Way, Miramar, FL 33025, USA
  • Contact number: +1 801 401 2222
  • Website: www.spirit.com
  • IATA code/ICAO code: NK / NKS

On-time performance and safety record

  • On time performance (2023): 80.4%
  • Average age of fleet (2024): 6.6 years
  • Major accidents in last 10 years: 0
  • Accidents with fatalities: 0
  • Airlineratings** safety rating: 6/7
  • Covid-19 safety*** rating: 6/7
** AIRLINERATINGS SAFETY RATING is based on a comprehensive analysis of crash and pilot related serious incident data combined with audits from the world’s aviation governing body ICAO and leading association, IATA, along with the latest COVID-19 compliance data. Each airline has the potential to earn a maximum of seven stars. See also www.airlineratings.com
*** COVID-19 SAFETY RATING takes into consideration seven factors for each airline: COVID-19 website information and instructions, social distancing on boarding, Flight Attendant personal protection equipment, face masks compulsory, meal service modified, passenger sanitizer kit, deep clean of aircraft. Each airline has the potential to earn a maximum of seven stars. See also www.airlineratings.com

During the last few years, Spirit Airlines has been one of the fastest growing operators in the US, where it is today the 8th largest commercial airline. After its conversion to the Ultra-Low-Cost carrier (ULCC) model in 2007, recently it adopted a more customer-friendly approach, including a front section of the cabin on all its fleet featuring Big Front seats with increased legroom and width, in a 2+2 cross section similar to the First class of US legacy airlines. Though, Spirit remains one of the very few airlines worldwide which makes its passengers pay for carry-on luggage. Its network reaches the Caribbean, Central America and even the northernmost part of South America (Photo Wikimedia Commons / Adam Moreira)

  • Name: Spirit Airlines
  • Date founded: 1983
  • IATA code/ICAO code: NK / NKS
  • CEO: Ted Christie
  • Address: 2800 Executive Way, Miramar, FL 33025, USA
  • Contact number: +1 801 401 2222
  • Website: www.spirit.com
  • Hub: Orlando
  • Focus cities: Atlantic City, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas
  • Airline alliance: None
  • Frequent flyer programme: Free Spirit
  • Fleet:

    157 aircraft

    • 30 Airbus A321 / 228 seats (8 Big Front, 220 Standard Economy)
    • 32 Airbus A320neo / 182 seats (8 Big Front, 174 Standard Economy)
    • 64 Airbus A320-200 / 174-178 seats (174 Economy or 8 Big Front, 170 Economy)
    • 31 Airbus A319-100 / 145 seats (10 Big Front, 135 Standard Economy)
  • Type of carrier: Ultra low-cost
  • Skytrax* rating: Not rated
  • * SKYTRAX (www.skytraxratings.com) is the most prestigious independent rating agency in commercial aviation. Its five stars rating system regarding airline quality has become a status symbol for carriers around the world. Here is what the stars stand for:

    • - 5 STARS: Awarded to airlines achieving a very high, overall quality performance. It recognizes high standards of onboard product together with consistent and excellent standards of staff service across airport and cabin environments
    • - 4 STARS: Awarded to airlines that deliver a good overall quality performance and provide good product standards across different travel cabins
    • - 3 STARS: Awarded to airlines delivering a fair quality performance equating to the industry 'average' of acceptable product and service standards
    • - 2 STARS: Shows airlines delivering a lower total quality performance, in some instances below the industry average across many rating categories
    • - 1 STAR: Represents a poor quality of product delivered across the assessment sectors
  • Checked luggage:

    Allowance is for 2 bags for up to a total of 18kg. Fees range between 30USD and 50USD for the first bag depending on when checked-baggage is reserved. Fees for the second bag vary from 40USD to 60USD. Carry-on luggage fees vary from 37USD to 65USD, while one personal item (small bag or backpack) can be brought on the plane for free

  • Pre-selection of seat:

    A standard seat can be pre-selected for a cost ranging between 1USD and 50USD, depending on seat position on the aircraft and destination. Big Front seats can be selected upon booking the flight for a price between 12USD and 150USD depending on the destination; this latest upgrade, if chosen onboard, costs between 25USD and 175USD

  • Priority check-in:

    Free for Business passengers plus Spice Club Silver, Gold and Platinum members; available with the You1st package for a fee starting from 299INR (4.5EUR)

  • Fast track at security:


  • Access to lounge:


  • Priority boarding:

    Can be purchased for 5.99USD

  • Seat pitch:
    • 36 inches (96.5cm) in Big Front, 28 inches (71cm) in Standard Economy on the A321-200, A320 neo, A319-100 and selected A320-200;
    • 28 inches (71cm) on selected A320-200
  • Seat width:
    • 20 inches (51cm) in Big Front, 17.5 inches (44.5cm) in Standard Economy on the A321-200, A320neo, A319-100 and selected A320-200;
    • 17.5 inches (44.5cm) on selected A320-200
  • USB port and power socket:

    No info available

  • Lie-flat seat:


  • Vanity kit:


  • IFE screen width:

    No individual screens available onboard

  • Wi-fi:

    Spirit launched Wi-Fi in the Summer 2020 schedule with prices starting from 6.50USD

  • Inflight magazine:


  • Onboard kit for kids:


  • Food and beverages:

    Available for purchase onboard with prices ranging from 3USD to 30USD

  • Upgraded meals in Premium Economy: Not available
  • Dine on demand in Business Class: Not available
  • Pets:

    Spirit Airlines accepts small pets in the cabin on flights within the United States if the combined weight of pet and carrier is under 18kg; the fee given is 110USD each way


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