Though it has been speculated it would happen since the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, it was made official Friday.
American Airlines announced it is moving its operation center in Moon Township to Dallas. That means 600 jobs will leave the area.
“I guess the good news is, those 600 will be hired, they have the option of working, obviously they’ll have to relocate, and they’ll have to move to Dallas,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
For this region, he said the announcement is not good news, thought it wasn’t unexpected.
“We’re going to do everything we can, there’s CareerLink and other areas that we can help try and place people for some of the other opportunities that are here in this region,” Fitzgerald said. “The good news is we are growing jobs. We grew 16,000 jobs last year alone in this region.”
In a letter sent to employees, American Airlines stated there is no definitive timeline for the move, but the airline noted it won’t happen for several months and the ultimate goal is to have the complete transition completed within 18 months. Fitzgerald emphasized only the operations center is being moved; the American Airlines maintenance facility is not affected.
“For now, they are going to keep that there, that’s going to continue to operate for at least another year,” he said. “They may re-evaluate that at the end of the year or early next year. We may get the same news again on that, I don’t know.”
A $17.8 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines was completed in December.