Spirit Airlines has hired former WestJet executive Ken McKenzie as its COO, while Chris Grazel has been appointed vice president of flight operations for the low-cost carrier.

McKenzie most recently was executive vice president of operations at WestJet. Before joining the Canadian low cost carrier, he was chief pilot and in regulatory affairs at Air Canada regional partner Jazz.

Grazel joins Spirit from now-defunct Skybus Airlines, where he was vice president of operations. Grazel previously served as chief pilot at Skybus, where he was one of the founding employees.

Before joining that startup, Grazel was assistant chief pilot at US Airways. He also held several other pilot positions during his 19-year career at the legacy carrier.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news