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?
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.