Ben Baldanza

Economist and former CEO of Spirit Airlines

Ben Baldanza has a 35-year career in the US Airline industry. For eleven years, he was the CEO of Spirit Airlines, helping to transform that airline into the first “ultra low cost” carrier in North America, bringing fares down to as low as $9, while earning record industry profit margins. He has an economics degree from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Affairs, specializing in Transport Economics from Princeton University. He now serves on the Board of Directors for JetBlue Airways, GoAir in India, and Six Flags Entertainment.

Ben Baldanza has been a regular contributor to business news shows including CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, The Today Show, and NPR. His business activities have also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous airline industry publications. Twice he has been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Business Travel leaders by Business Travel News. He is an ongoing contributor to Forbes.com and co-hosts the popular weekly podcast Airlines Confidential.