Spirit Airlines expands, renews 71,000-sf lease

Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, the publicly-traded budget airline based in renewed and expanded its 70,819-square-foot Miramar headquarters, with a 14,625-square-foot bump in office space.

Spirit moved to the Miramar Park of Commerce from Detroit, Mich. in 1999. The fast-growing airline employs 1,500 people in South Florida, whether at the support center, in Fort Lauderdale International Airport and a learning center.

The low-cost airline signed a 10-year lease with the park’s developer, Sunbeam Properties.

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“This is great news for all our team members at our Spirit Support Center and the South Florida economy,” Spirit vice president Charlie Rue, who leads the airline’s real estate, said in a release.

Andrew Ansin, a Sunbeam vice president, took a more sober tone.

“Having experienced the demise of Eastern Airlines and Pan Am, South Florida knows too well the ensuing loss of jobs and corporate leadership. Spirit Airlines is an exception,” he said in the release. — Emily Schmall