On the same day that Love Field-based Southwest Airlines announced its 40th anniversary sale featuring some one-way ducats for as low at $40, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport sends word that newbie Spirit Airlines is already expanding its service. Initially, the low-fare carrier was only flying to Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas. Not anymore: "We are extremely pleased to see Spirit Airlines adding service from DFW to Chicago O'Hare," says DFW CEO Jeff Fegan in a release that just landed in the in-box.
Spirit will fly from DFW to O'Hare twice a day, then add a third "seasonal flight." The release didn't say when service begins -- but soon as I went to Spirit's site to try to book a flight in July, just for grins, it said: "Service from Dallas/Ft Worth to Chicago/O'Hare begins on August 18, 2011." OK, then ... Ah, here we go: Flights depart Dallas at 11:40 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. The cost, each way: $69. Never flown Spirit. Worth it? Has to be, right?