- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will begin serving the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport starting in March 2016.

Port of Seattle officials said in a Thursday news release Spirit will fly twice daily to Los Angeles starting in March and will begin flying twice a day to Las Vegas in April. They offer connections to 15 other cities through those destinations.

Spirit is one of a new kind of airline called ultra-low-cost carriers that also includes Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air. They’ve grown rapidly by luring travelers with cheap base fares that undercut the big airlines, and boast among the best operating profits margins in the business.

Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick says the new carrier coming to the airport is a testament to the strengths of the Seattle market.

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