(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Carla Campos, and the executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), Anthony Maceira, informed today that, as previously announced, Spirit Airlines continues expanding its operations on the Island with a new route between the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla (BQN).
The inaugural flight launched on October 4, 2018 at 11:22pm when an Airbus 319 with capacity for 145 passengers landed at the Aguadilla Airport. Upon arrival, Spirit’s general manager, Rosalba Cancel; PRTC’s executive director, Carla Campos; and Porta del Sol’s regional director, Miguel Santiago; along with other airline and government officials, participated in the official welcome ceremony, which included the christening of the plane. The passengers were welcomed to the Island to the beats of Puerto Rican ‘plena’ drums.
“We thank Spirit Airlines for their support and continued expansion of their operations in Puerto Rico. This is great news as this new route represents a positive economic impact to the northwestern area municipalities. Both our visitors and local residents will benefit from this new alternative to travel between the cities of Aguadilla and Orlando,” said PRTC’s Executive Director.
“Today we celebrate Spirit’s new route between Aguadilla and Orlando as we continue developing a multi-port destination in accordance to the public policy established by Governor Ricardo Rosselló, in order to promote the growth of the visitor economy. This new route provides additional options for residents of the northwestern area when flying from and back home. At the Ports Authority, we continue optimizing our infrastructure and collaborating with the PRTC to continue attracting more airlines and flights to Ponce and Aguadilla airports,” stated the executive director of the Ports Authority Anthony Maceira Zayas.
The PRTC estimates that the new flight between MCO and BQN represents an extra 52,925 seats per year and an economic impact of around $6.6 million.
“Today we celebrate the arrival of Spirit Airlines to Porta del Sol and reaffirm the commitment of Governor Rossello’s administration to continue strengthening commercial relations with private sector industry partners and make the tourism industry one of the main economic sectors to promote the economic development of the Island,” added PRTC’s chief executive.
Additional information on fares and flight schedules can be found at spirit.com.