- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a new $32 million hangar expected to open this spring will allow more planes to be stored at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The new Spirit Airlines hangar will have repair operations, training and other options, and will create a few hundred jobs for the region, The Detroit News (https://detne.ws/2j4KAYX ) reported. Officials note that more flights will increase the airport’s profits.

“Anywhere that they fly, we will be able to bring them here,” said Joseph Resnik, Spirit’s vice president of safety. Resnik flies into Detroit nearly every week to help oversee the hangar’s construction.

The airline currently uses five gates at the airport’s North Terminal and is already looking into adding more flights. Earlier this month, the airline announced it would be providing seasonal flights to Seattle and Oakland out of the Detroit airport.

The new hangar will be able to hold three of the airline’s biggest planes, but will be mostly used for overnight maintenance and repairs.

The hangar will be an important piece for the airline and a boon for the airport as flights and traffic in and out of the Detroit airport increase, said C.W. Sandifer, Spirit’s senior director of corporate real estate.

“When you start getting high-density aircraft and more of them in, you’re pushing more seats, you’re pushing more people, all those people, they go through the airport, they spend the money with the concessions, they park, and they are not from here, they are bringing more people into the city,” Sandifer said.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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