American Airlines plans to build an integrated operations control center near its headquarters in Fort Worth, the company said Wednesday.The carrier previously announced that it would consolidate its US Airways operation center near Pittsburgh with its facility in Fort Worth. Since then, American said, it realized it needed more space for the combined operation, which will manage the day-to-day operations of its flight network, including flight dispatching, maintenance delays, load planning for aircraft and rerouting of aircraft in bad weather.“It became apparent that the best long-term solution is a new, state-of-the-art facility that can house all of our team members and the technology needed for our daily demands,” the carrier said in a letter to employees.American, which has about 24,000 workers in North Texas, said it wants to break ground on the building within 30 days, pending local government approvals. The airline expects to move into the building by the third quarter of 2015. It did not disclose the exact location.Fort Worth declined to comment on whether it has received requests for building permits or tax incentives.About 600 employees in Pittsburgh were told in January about the closure of the US Airways operations center and have been offered positions in Fort Worth if they choose to move. American’s operations center also employs 600 workers.“Consolidating our two operations centers, locating the team near our primary flight training center and our corporate headquarters, was the right decision for our business and our customers,” the company said.
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