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June 05, 2014

Details on incentives for new American operations center could be revealed next week

Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price said the city is in discussions with American Airlines about the construction of a new operations center in Fort Worth and any incentives for the project could be discussed publicly as early as next week.

"We will be working with them to see how this facility moves forward," Price said following a Dallas/Fort Worth Airport board meeting on Thursday. "We've had some briefings in executive session that for legal reasons needs to stay there for the time being."

Price said the operations center project is tentatively scheduled to be discussed in open session at Fort Worth City Council next Tuesday.

"American has been a Fort Worth company since the 1970s and we intend to do everything we can to keep them in Fort Worth," said Price, before she entered a close-door meeting with Chuck Allen, American's managing director of government and community relations for Texas and Oklahoma.

Although American had previously committed to keeping its headquarters in Fort Worth for at least three years following its merger with US Airways, Price said the new operations center gives her confidence that the airline will continue to call Fort Worth home for years to come.

On Wednesday, American announced it will build a new integrated operations center near its Fort Worth headquarters as it consolidates US Airways' operations employees into its Fort Worth facility. The carrier said it hopes to break ground in 30 days and move in to the new building by the third quarter of 2015.

-Andrea Ahles

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