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Spirit Airlines is introducing its own nonstop flight from the Twin Cities to Seattle

Here's when the new route will start, and when you can buy tickets.

The Essentials

Spirit Airlines is introducing a new nonstop route from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Seattle – a flight the discount airline doesn't currently have.

– The new route will start on April 12, 2018, and run once every day to and from Seattle, spokesperson Stephen Schuler told GoMN. Tickets are on sale now.

– It's seasonal, and Spirit plans to offer the route until "at least" Sept. 5, Schuler said. That could be extended if it proves to be popular. Whether the MSP-SEA nonstop flight comes back will de

The Big Picture

The MSP to Seattle route was one of 11 new flights announced by Spirit Wednesday (and the only one to involve Minnesota).

Schuler said the budget airline is always looking at new routes "where we believe low fares are needed or where there’s demand that’s underserved."

Spirit is one of the most popular no-frills airlines, and has been expanding in recent years. It reached MSP Airport in 2012, landed a larger spot in Terminal 1 three years later, and has been adding flights ever since.

But just because it's popular doesn't mean everyone is satisfied.

Spirit was the worst airline for customer satisfaction last year, as ranked by the annual American Customer Satisfaction Service Index survey.

And earlier this year, the Department of Transportation found Spirit was the least likely airline to arrive on time at MSP, with more than a quarter of its flights getting in late.

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