Spirit Airlines opens new maintenance center in Houston
Spirit Airlines today announced its commitment to strengthen its presence in Houston by opening an aircraft maintenance facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
The facility, located along John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will serve as a large aircraft maintenance hangar with offices and storage for Spirit’s technical operations team.
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The maintenance complex includes two aircraft bays and ramps for up to four aircraft, as well as warehouses, stores and offices, and adds a significant geographic location to complement Spirit’s maintenance center in Detroit.
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“Keeping our fleet in top condition is a priority for us every day, and we have chosen the perfect additional location for our excellent technical operations team as they support our continued growth,” said John Bendoraitis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Spirit Airlines.
The ultra-low-cost carrier plans to staff the new facility with 50 members to service and service Spirit’s growing fleet.
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Spirit is expected to take delivery of 24 new aircraft this year for an expected fleet-wide total of 197 by the end of 2022, with another 33 aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2023. It currently has 31 Airbus A319s, 64 Airbus A320ceo, 51 Airbus A320neo and 30 A321ceo.
Growing presence in Houston
According to information obtained by Aviacionline via Cirium, Houston is Spirit’s fifth-largest base for the northern summer season, accounting for 6.7% of its destination network’s frequencies.
The company will have 483,416 seats between July and September at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), serving:
- El Salvador: San Salvador (SAL).
- United States: Atlanta (ATL), Chicago/O’Hare (ORD), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Philadelphia (PHL), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas (LAS) , Miami (MIA), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Newark (EWR), New Orleans (MSY), Oakland (OAK), Orlando (MCO), San Diego (SAN), Tampa (TPA), Washington/Baltimore ( BWI).
- Honduras: Tegucigalpa/Comayagua (XPL) and San Pedro Sula (SAP).
- Guatemala: Guatemala City (GUA).
- Mexico: Cancún (CUN), Los Cabos (SJD), Monterrey (MTY) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR).
“Houston’s strong economic outlook makes our city an attractive ally for business growth and expansion in a global market,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
“The new Bush Airport Maintenance Facility will create quality jobs in our community. We appreciate Spirit Airlines’ commitment to Houston as they continue to expand their services to our city and invest in our workforce,” concludes Sylvester.