Spirit Airlines held a ground-breaking ceremony on 9 January to celebrate the start of construction of its new corporate headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida.
Spirit Airlines is investing up to $250 million for the creation of a corporate campus of up to 4,650m². The airline plans 225 additional jobs over the next five years.
In 2022, approximately 1,000 employees are planned to move from the company’s current facilities in Miramar to the new Dania Pointe site just minutes away from Spirit’s largest operating base, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The development will include corporate offices, a new crew training facility with flight simulator, and a corporate training residence. Spirit recently completed the purchase of land from Kimco Realty, the owner and principal developer of Dania Pointe.
“Spirit has called South Florida home for more than 20 years. This new investment will keep us connected to the community while improving our team’s efficiency and ability to support what is an ever-expanding international operation,” said Spirit Airlines president and CEO Ted Christie.
“We look forward to partnering with our community, creating more jobs and driving future economic development as South Florida’s Hometown Airline.”
Gensler will be the architectural firm, and Jones Lang LaSalle was selected as the project advisor. Spirit estimates the total capital outlay for the project will be approximately $250 million over the next 36 months.
The new campus will be located in the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) District, which also supported the project.
Alongside their new HQ, Spirit has announced two new destinations in Colombia. Starting from April 2020, services will start to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla.
This will make Spirit the US airline with the most nonstop services to Colombia, with 10 routes from two US gateways to seven Colombian cities.
Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines has launched the only Oakland-Fort Lauderdale Nonstop.