Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is calling on her political colleagues to step up and create an incentive package to keep American Airlines from closing its Alliance maintenance base in Fort Worth.
"Together we can explore economic incentives that could potentially save thousands of jobs and restore hope to thousands of families here in North Texas who face economic disaster," Davis said in a news release.
Davis has sent letters to Gov. Rick Perry and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price inviting them to join together to create an economic incentive package that may keep American Airlines jobs in Tarrant County.
Davis said she believes that the Texas Enterprise Fund could be used to save jobs at American's parent company, AMR Corp. The fund has been used by Perry to give money to companies that invest in the state and create jobs, such as Texas Instruments, Vought Aircraft Industries and the former Countrywide Financial.
It is unclear what kind of incentives or tax breaks Texas officials can offer American Airlines. The Alliance facility is owned by the city of Fort Worth so American does not pay property tax on the maintenance base.
Officials in Tulsa, site of American's other maintenance base, have been publicly lobbying American to keep its maintenance facility open since the carrier filed for bankruptcy in November.
The Tulsa base is expected to lose 2,100 positions under the company's current restructuring proposal.