American Airlines told workers on Friday that it planned to close US Airways' flight operations center that is located near Pittsburgh's airport.
About 600 workers will be affected by the closure and the company said has offered employees positions in Fort Worth if they want to relocate. It will take about 18 months to transition the facility to its center in Fort Worth, the airline said.
"Consolidating our two operations centers into one team, adjacent to our primary flight training center and our corporate headquarters, is the right decision for our business and our customers and a necessary step on our mission to make the new American the world’s best airline," said American senior vice president of air operations Tim Campbell, in a letter sent to employees on Friday morning.
American, which merged with US Airways in December, has a flight operations center in Fort Worth near its headquarters on Amon Carter Blvd that also employs around 600 workers. US Airways opened its operations center in the Pittsburgh area in 2008.
As the two airlines combine their operations, the company expects there will be some staffing overlaps but hopes workforce reductions will be “accomplished through voluntary attrition,” American said to workers.
American and US Airways, which merged in December, will report its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday. The company has said it will take 18 to 24 months for the airlines to receive a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.