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HURRICANE RECOVERY: Spirit Airlines To Expand Service To St. Croix Starting In May

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MIRAMAR — Spirit Airlines is bringing more flights to the territory even as the region as a whole recovers from the destructive 2017 hurricane season.

The Florida-based airline today announced that it will launch nonstop service between Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) in St. Croix and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Broward County on May 24.

St. Croix will be the 65th destination in Spirit’s flight network.

“With this new service to St. Croix, and our continuing resumption of service to other islands impacted by last year’s hurricanes, we are expected to expand on our 12 years of service to the region and continue to deliver ultra-low fares for tourists and locals alike,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ VP of network planning.

On March 10, Spirit will restore its daily services to pre-storm levels in St. Thomas here and to San Juan and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico. On April 12, the discount airline will expand its service to Kingston, Jamaica, for the summer, and add nonstop service to Cap-Haïtien in Haiti. On May 5, the airline plans to resume its Saturday-only service to Sint Maarten.

The 2017 hurricane season hurled 17 named storms into the Atlantic. The most destructive hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – all made landfall in the Caribbean.

The storms caused billions of dollars in damage and had a $40 million impact on Spirit.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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