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Spirit Airlines becomes latest carrier to pull Cuba flights

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Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is the latest airline to cut its newly minted service to Cuba. 

The airline, based in Miramar, Fla., began flying to Havana on Dec. 1 with twice-daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

But Spirit President and CEO Bob Fornaro said Friday that “the costs of serving Havana continue to outweigh the demand for service.” The airline will reduce its flight schedule next month and end its Havana service June 1.

Airline spokesman Paul Berry told the Sun-Sentinel that customers who booked travel after that date will be issed refunds or be reaccommodated on a different itinerary. 

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Spirit is just the latest carrier to pull service from the Caribbean country. In March, just months after being granted approval to start flying to the Cuba, Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines announced they would be pulling their Cuban service due to over capacity with too much competition and not enough demand. 

The decision from Silver and Frontier comes after American Airlines announced plans to reduce 25 percent of its flights to Cuba. At the time of the announcement in December, the airline cited weak demand as the principal reason behind the reduction. 

JetBlue Airways will continue to fly smaller planes on routes from Fort Lauderdale and other U.S. cities to four Cuban destinations starting May 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.