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Spirit Airlines
Location: Miramar, Florida
Job type: Contract/Locum
Contact: No Name
Category: Office
Description

The Manager of Airport Affairs will represent Spirit Airlines in its business with airport operators, landlords and other air carriers relative to airport development, real estate and facilities projects throughout the assigned portfolio. Support Spirit’s operational strategy by negotiating and administering required leases/agreements and make certain operating facilities are adequate for Spirit’s operation and in accordance to company standards. Analyze and model financial impacts of space and airport rate changes so that Spirit may make sound operational and business decisions. Leverage all available resources to minimize cost associated with real estate leases. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Spirit Representation: Serve as primary business contact with airports. Represent Spirit and be an active participant on Airline-Airport Affairs Committees in matters pertaining to annual operating and capital budgets, rates & charges, use/lease agreements and negotiations. Work with other airlines, airport officials and airport regulatory agencies to further Spirit’s strategic objectives.  Participate and advise Senior Management and internal stakeholders on technical projects relating to airport capital programs.
  • Cost Control: Manage mid-year and annual rates and charges adjustments issued by the airports. Analyze and work with airports and OAs to minimize rates and charges. Maintain detailed airport rates and charges models in order to provide accurate budgets and forecasts.  Be an active participant in the annual Operating and Capital Budget preparations by providing input and direction on all CRE cost centers.  Review and approve airport invoices to verify that charges are accurate and in-line with budget and forecast.
  • Compliance: Negotiate and provide recommendations on contracts, subleases, use/lease and consortium agreements with airports, vendors and other carriers. Coordinate internal approvals of leases and facility projects in accordance with corporate policy. Facilitate proper issuance of required lease submittals.
  • Strategic Planning: Assess future schedules to determine if airport facilities will be able to accommodate Spirit’s operation. Review five year airport CIP and debt service profiles. Coordinate with appropriate Spirit departments to assess upcoming opportunities or risks which may impact operational decisions such as analyze and provide feedback on facility aosset utilization at various airports.  This would include aircraft gate utilization and airport ticket counter allocations and their associated financial impacts.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Finance, Accounting), Aviation, Construction or related field.  JD or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 2+ years’ experience in aviation, real estate, or finance.
  • AAAE or ACI-NA Certifications preferred.
  • Possess the ability to serve as the representative of Spirit Airlines in meetings with airports and other carriers to promote Spirit’s interest and operations requirements.
  • Ability to travel in excess of 50%
  • Lift up to 50 lbs. 

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