American Airlines To Break Ground On New Texas Flight Center

June 06--American Airlines will break ground in the next 30 days to build a new center in North Texas to oversee daily flight operations of the combined American and US Airways which merged in December.

American, in a letter to employees, said the flight operations center would be near the company headquarters and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. "A new, state-of-the-art facility that can house all of our team members and the technology needed for our daily demands" is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, the company said.

American had announced earlier it would close the US Airways' operations center in Pittsburgh. Operations centers control flight planning, dispatch and monitoring, including tracking flights and dealing with delays and cancellations.

"We want to relocate as many people as possible in Pittsburgh" to Dallas, said airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. "If employees want to relocate, they will have the ability to do so. These are very specialized positions. We are starting the process of working with employees. It will be phased over the next year and a half."

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