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Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines on Wednesday announced non-stop flights between Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Philadelphia that will begin next spring.

The flights will begin on April 29.

It dovetails with Spirit’s flight expansion and investment in Detroit. Spirit now flies to Minneapolis and Kansas City as well as non-stop flights to Atlanta and New Orleans. In June, Spirit announced it will build a new maintenance hangar at Detroit Metro that will create more than 80 new jobs and spur economic investment, officials said.

“Spirit Airlines continues to prove itself as a valued partner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport,” Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton said. “Their recurring new air service announcements, as well as the $31 million new maintenance hangar investment here at our facility, underscores Spirit’s long-term commitment to our airport and the greater Detroit region.”

The hangar deal will place a 126,000-square-foot facility for airline maintenance and repair at an estimated cost of $31.7 million.

"We are excited to bring more low fare choices to more places for our customers," said Mark Kopczak, vice president of network planning at Spirit Airlines. "Spirit continues to make flying more affordable in Detroit, Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, enabling customers to visit places they previously couldn't afford.”

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