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US Airways operations center near Pittsburgh set to close

An American Airlines Boeing 757 taxis past a U.S. Airways Airbus A-321 jet at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
An American Airlines Boeing 757 taxis past a U.S. Airways Airbus A-321 jet at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison) Star-Telegram

The former US Airways operations center near Pittsburgh is closing its doors next month as American Airlines prepares to open its new facility in Fort Worth.

The Pennsylvania center will dispatch its last flight Aug. 23, American spokesman Matt Miller said. All 650 employees were offered relocation packages to move to Fort Worth.

“More than half of the employees from the Pittsburgh center will be relocating, and we look forward to welcoming them to Texas over the next few weeks,” Miller said.

The Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center in Fort Worth will house more than 1,400 employees who will oversee the airline’s flights and customers. The two-story, 149,000-square-foot building is next to the carrier’s flight academy and the C.R. Smith Museum.

The project cost $88 million and American received a $6.5 million tax incentive from Fort Worth that will last 15 years.

Miller said that employees at the existing American operations center will move into the new building the week of Aug. 14 and that US Airways workers from the Pittsburgh area will move in the week of Aug. 20.

US Airways built the $32 million center in Moon, Pa., seven years ago with $3.75 million in state aid. Employees were told last year that the center would close when the new IOC opened.

“It’s going to be a sad day, I’ll tell you that much,” Danny Persuit, president of Transport Workers Union Local 545, which represents the employees, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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