Spirit Airlines arrives in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit

  • The good news about the Destination’s tourism recovery keeps flying in! New airlines and routes strengthen the region’s air connectivity.

Spirit, the airline with the “spirited” yellow planes, landed for the first time at the “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” International Airport. Its arrival strengthens Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit’s air connectivity with three new flights from Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles.

The first plane from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) landed on the runway around 9:30 a.m. and immediately received its traditional “baptism” with a jet of water.  Afterward, passengers and crew were welcomed warmly by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta tourism promotion offices. The travelers were genuinely surprised by the enthusiastic reception, although they were eager to go out and discover the Destination’s attractions and beautiful scenery. Spirit Airlines executives also expressed their delight at the launching of the three new routes.

Matt Klein and Camilo Martelo.


Matt Klein, director of Spirit Airlines, thanked Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta for their collaboration in making the company’s “landing” in this region possible for the first time.


“This opening is cause for great celebration. Thank you for being here. I’m grateful for this welcome, and I’m very happy for the work done by the Puerto Vallarta team and for making this first flight possible,” he said.


Camilo Martelo, Director of International Airports for Spirit Airlines, said that the inauguration of these three new routes strengthens the airline’s presence in Mexico.

“Our airline is all about offering our passengers convenient flights at low fares and to new destinations. We are very proud to welcome you,” he said.


Riviera Nayarit, a solid destination

Marc Murphy, general director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (OVC), said that the Riviera Nayarit has overcome the pandemic’s challenges and is now the number one destination in Mexico in terms of investment, which did not stop even during the health crisis.

“The pandemic has hit the region’s aviation market quite hard, and this new development should gradually bring normalcy back to this industry,” he said.


“I can see that both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are in outright recovery. According to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico’s numbers, we are just six percentage points away from reaching the number we had in 2019. That is a great recovery, and I believe that in July, we will exceed those numbers.”



The airline will offer daily flights between Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), along with three weekly flights from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.


About Spirit Airlines

Spirit is a low-cost U.S. airline headquartered in Miramar, Florida. It is one of only three U.S. airlines on Fortune’s 2021 list of the world’s most admired companies, which measures the companies with the strongest reputations within their industries.


The Riviera Nayarit is a safe destination. Our hotels, restaurants, and tourist establishments follow all the health protocols established by the Federal Government’s Ministry of Health and operate at the allowed capacities. Access to the beaches is limited. Be a responsible tourist: wear your mask and keep your distance.


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