SXM Evacuation News: Spirit Airlines Offering Free Relief Flight Between SXM and FLL on Sept 28

Spirit Airlines announced today that they will be offering a second free relief flight — their first relief flight was back on September 22 — that will fly from Fort Lauderdale to Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport on Thursday, September 28. Below are the details from Spirit’s announcement.

All citizens are being asked to call 1-888-778-2436 to reserve a seat on one of the flights. Customers will receive a confirmation number over the phone at time of booking and, if they provide an e-mail address at time of booking, they will receive an e-mail confirmation of their booking.

FLL-SXM

To assist residents of the island of St. Maarten returning home following hurricane Irma, Spirit Airlines will operate a relief flight.

Spirit Airlines flight number NK 8080 will depart from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 28 arriving into St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) at 11 a.m. local time. Check-in will begin at 6 a.m. at the Spirit ticket counters inside terminal 4. Per the government of St. Maarten, only DUTCH citizens who live in St. Maarten or have a St. Maarten residency card will be allowed to board the flight. No exceptions can be made.

To ensure we provide the maximum ability for people to take luggage, we are limiting luggage to one checked bag and one carry on per person.

There is limited availability on this flight. To book yourself as a passenger, please call 1-888-778-2436. If you do not have a reservation confirmation number for the flight, please do not come to the airport.

SXM-FLL

To assist people trying to leave St. Maarten to return home, Spirit Airlines flight number NK 8081 will depart from St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on Thursday, September 28 at 2:15 p.m. and arrive at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 7 p.m. Passengers should arrive at the airport by 11 a.m. for check-in. Only people who have the legal right to travel to the U.S. will be allowed to board the flight. Criteria for travel to the U.S. includes possession of:

  • Valid travel documents permitting travel to the U.S.
  • Sufficient funds for stay in the U.S.
  • A ticket to depart the U.S.

Anyone not meeting these requirements will not be able to travel. If a passenger arrives in the U.S. and is not admitted, they will need to purchase travel for a same-day departure to their home country. In the case of Dutch citizens residing in St. Maarten, that means a same-day departure to Holland or Aruba, since there are no scheduled flights to St. Maarten.

To ensure we provide the maximum ability for people to take luggage, we are limiting luggage to one checked bag and one carry on per person.

There is limited availability on this flight. To book yourself as a passenger, please call 1-888-778-2436. If you do not have a reservation confirmation number for the flight, please do not come to the airport.

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Jon Strong

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited, more than 10 years ago! Since then, I've spent a lot of time here getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website where I share my thoughts and love about Saint-Martin (French side) and Sint Maarten (Dutch side) with the world. I hope you enjoy it!

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