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Budget carrier Spirit Airlines will resume several international and Caribbean routes in December, offering non-stop service just in time for the holidays.
Spirit will fly several times each week from Orlando International Airport to Bogota in Colombia and San Pedro Sula in Honduras starting Dec. 4, before adding Cancun in Mexico, Guatemala City in Guatemala, San Salvador in El Salvador, and Cartagena in Colombia shortly after, the airline shared with Travel + Leisure on Monday.
“Holidays are the time to see family and friends, and we’re excited to offer so many nonstop international options from Central Florida,” Spirit Airlines Vice President of Network Planning John Kirby told T+L in a statement. “We know how valuable it is for people to jump on a plane and fly nonstop to their destination without having to connect through a busy hub.”
On Jan. 6, Spirit plans to add flights from Orlando to Aguadilla in Puerto Rico once each day when the airport there reopens, adding to its existing service to the island.
Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador are all accepting American travelers with testing protocols and other safety initiatives in place.
Spirit requires all passengers and crew to wear face masks throughout the flight and uses hospital-grade disinfectants to clean high-touch points like tray tables between flights as well as utilities EPA-registered fogging treatments, the company said.
Spirit isn't the only airline to recently resume international flights amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Singapore Airlines relaunched the longest flight in the world with non-stop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and its home city with a flight time of 18 hours and 40 minutes.
United Airlines implemented a COVID-19 testing program for its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow on Monday, as well as recently added routes to warm-weather destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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