The company initially started as Clipper Trucking Company in 1964. The airline service was founded in 1980 in Macomb County, Michigan, (by Ned Homfeld) as Charter One, a Detroit-based charter tour operator providing travel packages to entertainment destinations such as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and the Bahamas. In 1990, Charter One began scheduled service from Boston and Providence, R.I., to Atlantic City. On May 29, 1992, Charter One brought jet equipment into the fleet, changed its name to Spirit Airlines and inaugurated service from Detroit to Atlantic City.
In April 1993, Spirit Airlines began scheduled service to destinations in Florida. During the next five years, Spirit expanded rapidly, increasing service from Detroit and adding service in new markets such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Los Angeles, and New York.
The top sectors served by Spirit Airlines are Los Angeles to New York with 111 lights on a weekly basis, Melbourne to Sydney with 155 weekly flights, Sydney to Melbourne which has 165 flights weekly and Koh Samui to Bangkok with a total of 133 flights on a weekly basis. They also operate occasional flights from Casablanca to Oujda and Gold Coast to Canberra.