BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — Come summer, you should be able to fly new direct lines to Chicago and Las Vegas, as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport welcomes a new airline service.

Starting early Wednesday night, you should be able to start booking flights on Spirit Air.

The carrier will be offering three daily flights to Chicago O’Hare Airport and another to Las Vegas. Those two destinations should allow travelers to then connect with an additional 20 airports across the country.

“Competition among airlines is good for consumers, and Spirit’s unique low-fare business model provides a valuable alternative for cost-conscious travelers,” said Dan Boivin, chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “It is a goal of the MAC to expand choices for the consumer with more options to more destinations while maintaining our commitment to sound environmental stewardship.”

The Metropolitan Airports Commission said Spirit is the fourth new carrier to add service at MSP since 2008.

The new airline will be flying out of Terminal 2 or the old Humphrey Terminal, which is right now dominated by hometown Sun Country Airlines.

Spirit Air is known for both rock-bottom prices and also fees on everything from carry-on bags ($50) to boarding passes ($2).

The Twin Cities has the 11th highest airline prices in the nation.

Comments (22)
  1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    I went to the Spirit webpage and the first thing I got was a big pop-up ad. And then an ad featuring a man shaving his hairy back. That was enough for me to form an opinion of Spirit Airlines.

    1. MJ says:

      The pop up wasnt an ad for another company, it was a Spirit Air credit card offer. Also, the man shaving his back wasnt an ad it was a Spirit Air promotional ad. I thought it was kind of cute. No ads on the site except for Spirit Air.

    2. Greg Loosanus says:

      I hope this isn’t going to be a one time fling.

  2. Nick says:

    Because they have ads on their website? I’m glad to see you didn’t jump to any conclusions and form an opinion from nothing.

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      It is not the ad on the website, but the pop-up which jumps in one’s face and blocks whatever it is you were reading. It is the advertising equivalent of a screaming six year old.

      Hard-sell, used-car style generally turns me off. The fact that I am at the site shows an existing interest in the product. Pop-ups are tacky. Period.

  3. Saints #1 says:

    Well since Delta fly baby jets to Las Vegas, I started shopping around on other flights and enjoyed them. I will enjoy flying Spirit Airlines there whenever I can

  4. questioning says:

    $50 to take one carry on bag? $2 to print the boarding pass that everyone needs? Are seat-belts extra too? Looks like one of those “bait and switch” companies to me.

    1. ??? says:

      mail your bags and use e-tickets

  5. Tim says:

    Interesting suggestion that Sun Country “dominates” Humphrey. For the past two years, Southwest Airlines (with free bags and no change fees) has emplaned more passengers according to the BTS.

    1. Welcome Spirit! says:

      I fly Southwest wherever I can. I used to belong to the SunCountry VIP program but they just dropped it because they want to be like Delta some day. I no longer fly Sun Country and I encourage others to do the same.

      If Spirit flies to Florida and Phoenix direct during the winter months, I’m sure they will do well at Terminal 2.

  6. Limbo says:

    The ticket prices are low – or lower. But they do charge for everything – bags (carry on, checked in), printing a boarding pass, etc. If you tally them up, there is no real price difference.

  7. Mary Lombard says:

    Yikes! They definitely charge for everything. After all the fees are added up, you might as well fly Delta.

    Saints #1: Since when does Delta fly “baby jets” to Las Vegas? They operate nonstop from MSP on A320 (148 seats), B757 (182 seats), and MD-90 (160 seats). Those are hardly “baby jets”.

    1. Saints #1 says:

      A320 and MD 90’s are baby jets. And also no 757’s fly direct unless you leaving at midnight out of Vegas!!!!

      1. Mary Lombard says:

        Saints #1 — You’re an idiot.

        1. @ saints says:

          I couldn’t agree more. I fly CRJ200’s. A320’s and MD90’s are huge. Also, they have tons of 757 routes to Vegas.

  8. Warren Douglas says:

    Not Surprising as a frequent traveler to O’Hare Delta United and American have made a huge mistake in this market by eliminating most large jets and cutting schedules. O’Hare is the number 1 business destination from the Twin Cities. Currently demand outstrips supply to O’Hare and there days that you can’t buy a seat at any price!!. Hopefully this will force Delta and United to bring back large jets into this market.

  9. Rick says:

    Sense when did Delta fly to Vegas for $28.79? or $78.79 or even $108.79? This airline HAS lower rates, You people must be moving a house full of suitcases to match what Delta is charging. I have learned to fly light now days, I use a back pack for essentals, and then buy what I need when I get there. I don’t travel with shampoo,tooth brush or paste,sock, underwear,razors, or short sleeve shirts, All can be had for less than paying airlines to move it and me carrying it around.

    1. Niki says:

      Congrats for traveling light. But when you travel with children there is no such thing. Do I explain to my toddler that due to Delta’s high prices and Spirit Air’s need to charge for everything that he doesn’t get a clean diaper, sippy cup, or blanket until we get to our destination and I can buy him a new one? What works for one does not work for all.

  10. Chuck says:

    WCCO, Can you please do whatever you can to eliminate this “Kevin” that keeps putting up totally inappropriately disgusting comments that are not related to the story and are a bad reflection on your site? I am sure that you can see his source to put a stop to even those who camo their logins as someone else. Please do this ASAP and thank you very much!

  11. keel says:

    Dirty planes, charges for everything, rude staff….otherwise splendid!

  12. Adam says:

    Their check luggage bag weight limit is 40 pounds – unless you want to pay extra for oversized.

  13. likesCCO says:

    My solution is to fly on Southwest out of the Humphrey Terminal! I’ve been flying with them ever since they started here a couple of years ago – nice, clean planes, great flight attendants and no charge for bags. Oh, and low fares also! I’ll be boycotting any airline that not only charges for checked bags, but also for carry-ons – that’s really getting ridiculous!

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