Spirit Airlines to drop service between Columbia and Fort Lauderdale

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Low-cost Spirit Airlines says it is
dropping service to South Carolina's capital city, less than a year
after it started service to Florida.

The airline's last flight from Columbia to Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., will be March 6.

The State newspaper reported that Spirit is leaving as another
low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, begins service to Columbia.

Airport executive director Mike Flack says Spirit sold an
average of 65 percent of its seats out of Columbia. Flack says
low-cost carriers usually need to fill about 85 percent of their
seats to make money.

Flack says leisure travel is down and that was the focus of
Spirit's business.

Spirit also offers flights from Myrtle Beach.

Allegiant Air will fly between Columbia and Orlando, Fla., three
days a week, starting Feb. 25.

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