Spirit-Frontier expected to create 10K jobs; how will they fill them?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal.

Spirit Airlines’ anticipated merger with ultra-low-cost competitor Frontier Airlines is expected to create thousands of jobs. But the combined company would have about 10,000 positions to fill at the height of a shortage of pilots and aviation talent that has been brewing for years.

Read: Deputies: 2 dead after shooting at Lake County home

Combined, Miramar-based Spirit (Nasdaq: SAVE) and Denver-based Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: ULCC) had a fleet of 283 aircraft at the end of 2021.

There were 173 aircraft in Spirit’s fleet, and 110 in Frontier’s, according to a note to investors from senior analyst Helane Becker, a managing director with New York-based Cowen.

The airlines would more than double their combined fleet in the coming years, with 350 aircraft set to be delivered this decade, Becker said in a note to investors.

Read: Trio accused of trafficking teenagers for sex; MBI believes there are more victims

Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.