Spirit Airlines' Board of Directors Elect H. McIntyre Gardner as Chairman

Spirit Airlines' Board of Directors Elect H. McIntyre Gardner as Chairman

MIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SAVE) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected H.
McIntyre Gardner as Chairman.

William ("Bill") A. Franke of Indigo Partners resigned as Chairman of the
Board earlier today. In addition, John R. ("JR") Wilson, also of Indigo
Partners, resigned from the Board today."On behalf of the Board of Directors
and the Company, I want to thank Bill, JR and Indigo for their support and
leadership over the last seven years," said Ben Baldanza, Spirit's Chief
Executive Officer.

H. McIntyre ("Mac") Gardner joined Spirit's Board of Directors in July 2010
and served as chairman of the Company's audit and nominating and corporate
governance committees. "Mac has been an asset to our Board and demonstrated
strong business acumen as we transitioned from a private to a public company
and continued to execute on our growth strategy.We are pleased the Board has
selected Mac to succeed Bill as Chairman," said Baldanza."Mac's knowledge of
our business model and broad business expertise will serve the Company well as
we continue to grow and liberate markets from high fares."

"I have confidence in Spirit's business model and look forward to working with
Ben and his leadership team as we grow and bring our low fares to even more
people in more places," said Mac Gardner, Spirit's Chairman of the Board. 
"Spirit offers a unique value proposition to its customers and I'm thrilled to
be a part of this team."

Mac Gardner has been a member of Spirit's Board of Directors since July 2010.
Mr. Gardner retired in 2008 from Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. as the Head of
Americas Region and Global Bank Group, Global Private Client.Prior to joining
Merrill Lynch in July 2000, Mr. Gardner was the President and Chief Operating
Officer of Helen of Troy Limited, a personal care products manufacturer. Mr.
Gardner previously served on Spirit's audit and nominating and corporate
governance committees.

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) empowers customers to save money on air travel
by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services, allowing
customers the freedom to choose only the extras they value. This innovative
approach grows the traveling market and stimulates new economic activity while
creating new jobs.Spirit's modern fleet, configuration and other innovations
enable Spirit to burn less fuel per seat than competitors, making Spirit one
of the most environmentally-friendly U.S. carriers.Spirit's all-Airbus fleet
currently operates approximately 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations in
the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean.Visit Spirit at www.spirit.com.

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