Spirit Airlines raises profile with new South Florida headquarters

Oct 17, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Spirit Airlines is jumping into the consolidated headquarters and training center game with a new facility just a stone’s throw from the Fort Lauderdale airport in South Florida.

The hometown carrier plans to break ground on the up to 500,000-square foot campus early next year with plans to open the facility by mid-2022. With an estimated cost of about $250 million, it will house Spirit’s more than 1,000 headquarters employees and bring pilot, flight attendant and other training facilities in-house.

The new campus will be located in the Dania Pointe development, about a mile-and-a-half south of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and just off Interstate 95.

“People will see this building from the freeway, they will see this from the airport,” Spirit CEO Ted Christie told TPG Thursday. “This will drive brand awareness in South Florida.”

Related:Spirit Airlines unveils new seats that it says will make for happier passengers

A rendering of Spirit Airlines' planned new headquarters and training campus near the Fort Lauderdale airport. (Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines)
A rendering of Spirit Airlines’ planned new headquarters and training campus near the Fort Lauderdale airport. (Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines)


The ultra-low-cost-carrier has maintained its headquarters in leased space in Miramar, Florida — about 15 miles or an up-to-30-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale airport — since 1999. That space, as Christie put it, is “busting at the seams” with staff located in several disconnected office locations.

In addition to the multiple corporate spaces, Spirit’s crew training is outsourced across five sites in Broward County, creating additional inefficiencies, said the airline’s chief financial officer Scott Haralson Thursday.

Spirit is just the latest airline to invest in a new headquarters space. Earlier this year, American Airlines opened a new campus in Fort Worth, Texas, that consolidates and updates its corporate offices and training facilities. Last year, Alaska Airlines broke ground on a new corporate office building next to its Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) base, and United Airlines consolidated its pilot training in a new facility in Denver.

The facility investments at Alaska, American and United come after each carrier went through their own respective mergers. All three deals extended each airlines’ network, but also created a need for expanded corporate office and training space for the larger resulting companies.

Related:Spirit just began flying from Nashville, and it’s already adding 3 more routes

Spirit, while not having gone through a merger, has grown rapidly in recent years and will continue to through the mid-2020s, said Haralson. This expansion prompted the need for a new campus, a process that began around five-years ago. The airline evaluated everything from a headquarters move, a dedicated training facility elsewhere in its network, to the campus idea that was ultimately selected.

The campus news comes as Spirit continues to invest in improving the customer experience, something Christie said dovetails with the guest investments. Operational improvements continue, he added, as do onboard upgrades, like the new seats unveiled in September, and pending frequent-flyer program update.

Gensler, which has designed everything from the JetBlue Airways terminal at New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) to the Star Alliance lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), will design Spirit’s new campus.

Rendering of Spirit Airlines' planned new headquarters and training campus in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines)
Rendering of Spirit Airlines’ planned new headquarters and training campus in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines)


Featured image by Saul Martinez/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.