Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines is ready to finalize a deal to begin service at Miami International Airport, with reported plans to become the airport's second-largest carrier.
Spirit has been in negotiations with Miami-Dade county officials for nearly a year, but agreed to terms at a meeting last week. While so far, nothing has been signed, it is simply a matter of finalizing the paperwork according to sources closely connected with both parties.
Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza, CFO Ted Christie, General Counsel Thomas Canfield, Vice President Jake Filene, and attorney Javier Vazquez have all registered in Miami-Dade county as lobbyists on behalf of the airline within the past week.
The airline will continue to serve Fort Lauderdale while eventually moving the bulk of operations to Miami.