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Spirit Airlines Announces New Operational Control Center in Tennessee



Spirit Airlines announced it is shifting its Operational Control Center (OCC) from Florida to Tennessee as part of an $11 million investment project.

The low-cost carrier announced Thursday it would move around 240 employees from its current OCC in Miramar, Florida, to a new 49,000-square-foot facility in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Spirit officials said they plan to add around 100 jobs at the new OCC over the next five years, with the transition scheduled to be completed by early 2021. The change was made to avoid hurricane and tropical storm risk, while also bolstering network resiliency.

“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,” Spirit CEO Ted Christie said in a statement.

“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,” Christie continued.

The airline’s OCC controls flight operations for more than 650 flights each day across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Employees are responsible for flight dispatch, crew scheduling, maintenance control, aircraft routing, air traffic control coordination, passenger solutions and more.

Around 700 of Spirit’s Miramar-based employees will move into the airline’s new corporate headquarters when it opens near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2022.

The carrier also plans to add 225 positions at the new headquarters to support expanding domestic and international operations.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers



United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

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