Spirit Airlines Postpones Service to Tulum, Mexico

by Anthony Losanno
Spirit Plane

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Tulum’s new airport, Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO), is opening to foreign carriers on March 28th. With this new airport, US carriers have been busy adding service to take advantage of demand for Tulum travel. The city, located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is known for its beaches and preserved Mayan ruins. The coastal area also offers mangroves and cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes) for visitors to explore. Delta Air Lines was first out of the gate (more here), American Airlines (more here), United Airlines (more here), and JetBlue all announced service to Tulum’s new airport this spring and summer. Spirit also had plans to fly to Tulum, but as of today those flights have been postponed.

Tulum Spirit

The Points Guy reports that Spirit will not commence daily flights as planned to/from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). While Spirit says that plans to start the route in the future are not completely off the table, it has not set any dates. The airline blames the route delay on defects found in some of the engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney in its Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Anthony’s Take: Spirit will continue to fly to Cancún International Airport (CUN) and American, Delta, JetBlue, and United will all offer service to Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) soon. Hopefully, the low-cost carrier is able to get its mechanical issues fixed and the route launched in the near future.

(Image Credits: Spirit Airlines.)

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