American Airlines to close Pa. operations center

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 9:00 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Following its merger with US Airways, American Airlines plans to close a flight-operations center near Pittsburgh that's home to about 600 employees.

The work will be shifted to a similar facility that American runs in Fort Worth, Texas, near its headquarters. American said the Pennsylvania employees will have a chance to relocate.

American told employees of the decision on Friday, but it had been widely expected after American and US Airways merged in December. The combination left American Airlines Group Inc. with two centers. The company is planning to phase out US Airways and convert its planes and employees to American Airlines.

Tim Campbell, American's senior vice president for air operations, said in a memo to employees that there was no timetable yet for closing the Pittsburgh center but that it wouldn't happen for several months and would be done in stages.

Employees at airline operations centers are responsible for planning and tracking flights and monitoring weather.

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