Spirit Airlines to fly to the US from Australia

Spirit Airlines has confirmed it will fly to America from Adelaide.

The airline’s announcement came after the Federal Government said it would not approve any new aircraft to operate in Australia’s skies, and will not allow its pilots to fly.

Spirit Airlines said the decision to operate from Adelaide was taken after “consideration of the best interest of the company and the community”.

Spirit CEO Jim Fergus said the airline will now “focus on the future”.

“Our goal is to become an all-Australian airline with the same culture and values as our home country,” Mr Fergus told the ABC.

“We believe the best way to achieve this is to expand our footprint to more places around the world.”

The announcement comes after the State Government announced it would allow pilots to operate flights from the South Australian capital Adelaide.

It means pilots will be able to fly from Perth to New York City and the US.