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Philadelphia to Enjoy Seven New Direct Flights Across The US and Caribbean Spirit Airlines have announced an extension to their current slate of Caribbean flights, including two new routes to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The new routes will be flying from Philadelphia International airport. Beginning May 18th, in time for summer getaways, Spirit will be flying four times a week from Philadelphia to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Also on May 18th, the carrier will be flying three times a week to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The budget airline has expanded rapidly this year, in particular through Orlando and Miami, but its decision to build its presence in Philadelphia puts it in direct competition with American Airlines, who are the dominant carrier in the airport. However, on some of the new routes, Spirit will be the sole airline functioning, offering some alternatives for popular flights. For the Punta Cana flight, Spirit will be directly competing with American and Frontier, who also work the route. For the Montego Bay route, Spirit will enjoy no competition as its sole operator. On top of their two new notable destinations for holiday goers in the Caribbean, Spirit also added five new destinations in the US. New Orleans, Nashville, Houston, Aguadilla (PR), and Oakland are all being phased in over the coming months. Aguadilla and Oakland are particularly significant for Spirit, as these will be the only direct connection available to these destinations in Philadelphia, They have both been strategically chosen as smaller airports close to major destinations, allowing tourists or those visiting family and friends in the area, to bypass some of the busier airports in the region. Oakland is only half an hour from San Francisco, providing an attractive alternative for those wishing to make the continental flight. Meanwhile, Aguadilla is not far from San Juan, again offering a less busy option for travelers to the area. The new additions are welcomed by Philadelphia international. CEO of the airport, Chellie Cameron was quoted saying, “This is wonderful news for PHL, our passengers and our region. In addition to offering more options to popular vacation destinations, Spirit will be the only airline at PHL serving Oakland and Aguadilla nonstop. This is especially important for our passengers wanting to visit friends and relatives.” Matt Klein, the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Spirit spoke highly of the relationship between Spirit and Philadelphia. “Philadelphia has been a great partner of Spirit Airlines for a long time, and we're thankful to the airport team for enabling this opportunity to add many more popular, nonstop destinations for our Guests," said Klein. ”This expansion is particularly exciting because of the variety of destinations stretching from the Pacific Coast, to popular spots in the Southern U.S., and three new options for Caribbean getaways."  The Southern US spots referred to in Klein’s quote are Nashville, New Orleans, and Houston, who will all be receiving daily direct flights from Philadelphia beginning February 16th for Nashville, and May 11th for Nashville and Houston. Spirit also ramped up their service to Cancun, Mexico, one of the most popular destinations in the world at the moment. Starting April 20th, the Mexican Caribbean destination will have daily flights from Philadelphia, adding to its current scheduling.