Spirit Airlines today announced the addition of a new pilot and flight attendant base at Miami International Airport, making MIA one of Spirit’s nine crew bases across its network, as the airline continues to add new planes and destinations.
The crew base is projected to initially open this summer once advance preparations are finalized. Spirit expects to locate more than 100 pilots and more than 200 flight attendants at the MIA base, with additional crew, supervisors, and support functions to follow later in the year. Crew bases, also known as home bases, are the various airport stations where commercial pilots and flight attendants normally begin and end their duty periods.
“We proudly welcome this significant expansion of jobs by Spirit Airlines at MIA. As MIA’s second-busiest passenger airline, Spirit is a big reason why Miami-Dade County is once again welcoming record numbers of visitors to our community, and we look forward to seeing its presence continue to grow at our County’s largest economic engine.”
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Spirit’s presence at MIA started in October 2021 with service to nine destinations and then grew to a total of 30 nonstop domestic and international routes in January 2022. Spirit’s entrance at MIA made it the second-largest carrier at the airport.
We’re always evaluating our network to find opportunities to improve our operational performance as our flight options continue to expand, and these new crew bases are reasons to celebrate because our Guests, Team Members, and communities all win. We’re adding jobs and increasing staffing at stations with a high concentration of flight activity; we will have better access to large metropolitan centers for talent recruitment; and Spirit Team Members gain attractive new home base options and additional commuting opportunities.
John Bendoraitis, Spirit Airline’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer