Spirit Airlines to fly out of Logan

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BOSTON (AP) – Logan International Airport will get its first new carrier in two years when Spirit Airlines begins daily service to Detroit and Myrtle Beach, S.C., in mid-August, a Massport official said.

“We are extremely pleased that Spirit Airlines has now joined Logan’s impressive family of low-cost carriers,” Massport aviation director Thomas J. Kinton Jr. said Thursday.

Spirit, which offers service through the Caribbean from its Fort Lauderdale hub, may add Florida service from Logan when colder weather arrives, according to Barry Biffle, chief marketing officer for the air carrier.

Fares will begin at $158 round trip for two daily flights from Boston to Detroit and a single daily flight to Myrtle Beach, not counting taxes and fees. Spirit’s Detroit flights from Logan will connect to flights to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Spirit still is negotiating with the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, about which terminal it will operate from. Spirit will need only a single gate, officials said.

Spirit, which began 15 years ago in Detroit, serves 30 cities in the United States and the Caribbean.

Jet Blue Airways Corp. and AeroMexico launched service at Logan in 2004. Also, Independence Air began operations in June 2004, but filed for bankruptcy protection last November and shut down in January.

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