Fort Worth discussing possible incentives for American operations center

06/05/2014 7:06 PM

06/05/2014 10:10 PM

The Fort Worth City Council could be discussing possible incentives for the new American Airlines operations center as early as next week.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said Thursday that the city is in discussions with American about construction of a new operations center, which the airline said will be located near the carrier’s headquarters in far east Fort Worth

“We will be working with them to see how this facility moves forward,” Price said after a Dallas/Fort Worth Airport board meeting. “We’ve had some briefings in executive session that for legal reasons needs to stay there for the time being.”

Price said the operations center project is tentatively scheduled to be discussed in open session at the Fort Worth City Council meeting Tuesday.

“American has been a Fort Worth company since the 1970s and we intend to do everything we can to keep them in Fort Worth,” said Price, before she entered a closed-door meeting with Chuck Allen, American’s managing director of government and community relations for Texas and Oklahoma.

Although American previously committed to keeping its headquarters in Fort Worth for at least three years following its merger with US Airways, Price said the new operations center gives her confidence that the airline will continue to call Fort Worth home for years to come.

On Wednesday, American announced that it will build a new integrated operations center near its headquarters as it consolidates its US Airways’ operations center with its Fort Worth facility. The carrier said it hopes to break ground in 30 days and move into the new building by the third quarter of 2015.

American had previously told 600 employees at US Airways’ operations center near Pittsburgh that it would consolidate the operation in Fort Worth and offered positions to those willing to relocate.

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