MIAMI – American low-cost airline Spirit (NK) has announced it plans to create an operation control center (OCC) in the Nashville area. The center is part of an $11 million-dollar investment and will create 240 new jobs.
The OCC will help NK expand in the future and provide an extra workforce in the event of hurricane and tropical storms. This will minimize delays and cancellations during the poor weather.
The new center will be responsible for over 650 daily flights across the US, Latin American and the Caribbean. This includes flight dispatch, crew scheduling, maintenance control, aircraft routing, air traffic control coordination, hurricane preparations and more.
NK will soon add Austin (AUS) Newark (EWK) and Cancun (CUN) to Nashville.
NK also plans to expand its route network from Nashville, after starting operations there in October 2019. Spirit currently flies to Baltimore (BWI), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS)., New Orleans (MSY), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA).
At the end of 2019, NK unveiled all-new cabins for their all Airbus A320 family fleet. They also placed a blockbuster order for 100 A320neo family aircraft around the same time.
Spirit’s new chapter in Nashville
Ted Christie, President, and CEO of Spirit Airlines said, “We are committed to our South Florida community, and Florida’s Hometown Airline will continue to create new jobs by supporting our international network and fleetwide training needs from our Broward County home.”
“At the same time, we look forward to building on our plans for future expansion and protecting our growing 24/7 operation by starting this new chapter in Nashville,” said Christie.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee added, “I’d like to welcome Spirit Airlines to Tennessee and thank their team for being one of the latest companies to call our state home.”
“Last year, Tennessee was for the first time named the number one best fiscally managed state in the country, and we are proud to highlight this ranking as we continue to recruit companies from around the globe to do business in the Volunteer State,” said Lee.
TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe also commented, “In the past year, we’ve seen an influx of companies choosing to locate new operations in Tennessee, which is a tremendous vote of confidence to our state’s thriving business climate and superior workforce.”
“We are honored that Spirit Airlines has chosen Tennessee as the home of its Operations Control Center and are appreciative of the company’s investment and commitment to bring nearly 350 new jobs in Williamson County,” concluded the Commissioner.
As of February 14, 2020, NK has an all-Airbus fleet of 147 aircraft, with an average age of six years. It consists of 31 A319s, 64 A320s, 30 A321s, and 22 A320NEOs.