February 26, 2020
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Dania Beach, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Spirit Airlines in the groundbreaking ceremony of their new corporate headquarters. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ted Christie and Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) President and CEO Jamal Sowell.
“Spirit Airlines is a major job creator for our state, and we are excited that they have chosen to expand their Florida footprint with this new corporate campus,” said Governor DeSantis. “Today’s groundbreaking is just another indication that Florida remains the best state in the nation to start or grow a business.”
“Spirit has called South Florida home for more than 20 years,” said Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ted Christie. “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. Thank you to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for attending today to show their support for the future of Spirit Airlines and our investment in Florida. We look forward to partnering with our community, creating more jobs and driving future economic development as South Florida’s Hometown Airline.”
“Florida’s burgeoning economy continues to attract more business to our great state,” said Lieutenant Governor Nuñez. “Spirit Airlines expanding operations with a new South Florida corporate campus will continue to drive economic growth and job creation, while helping foster a 21st century economy for the Sunshine State.”
“Tourism and transportation go hand in hand, which is why we are excited that Spirit Airlines is expanding in Broward county,” said EFI President & CEO Jamal Sowell. “Today’s groundbreaking is great for Spirit and the Sunshine State as our economy continues to grow.”
Spirit is investing up to $250 million for the creation of a corporate campus of up to 500,000 square feet of space, and the airline plans to add 225 additional jobs over the next five years. In addition to the corporate offices, this new campus will include flight simulators, training classrooms and short-term housing.