Spirit Airlines (NK, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has become the third US carrier to announce its impending withdrawal from the Cuban market. As with Frontier Airlines (F9, Denver Int'l) and Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l), the Ultra Low-Cost Carrier blamed insufficient loads to warrant continued flights.

The Floridian carrier began a 2x daily Fort Lauderdale Int'l-Havana Int'l service on December 1 last year. However, Spirit President and CEO Bob Fornaro told the Sun Sentinel last week that “the costs of serving Havana continue to outweigh the demand for service.”

As it stands, the carrier will begin reducing frequencies from next month before completely withdrawing from the Cuban capital from June 1. As previously reported, Silver Airways will withdraw from Cuba from April 22 while Frontier's last flight to the island is scheduled for June 4.