American Airlines said Tuesday that it will move a flight attendant training program from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth next year, part of the company’s efforts to streamline its operations following its 2013 merger with US Airways.
Airline spokeswoman Katie Cody said 13 jobs at the training center will be affected, and all of those employees will receive the opportunity to transfer to Dallas/Fort Worth. The pilot training center at Charlotte, which includes multimillion flight simulators, will remain.
Cody said the move is about making flight attendant training more efficient. A similar training program in Phoenix, US Airways’ former headquarters city, will relocate to Dallas/Fort Worth in August.
“It doesn’t make sense for us to have multiple training places,” said Cody. The Dallas/Fort Worth training center is larger and also includes amenities such as a hotel and conference center on site. The Charlotte program will transition in April 2016.
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There are more than 5,000 flight attendants based in Charlotte, and Cody said they will not be transferring. In the last six months, she said the combined company has added 350 jobs at Charlotte Douglas.
Charlotte was US Airways’ busiest hub. After the combination of American Airlines and US Airways, Charlotte became the second-busiest in the combined system, behind Dallas/Fort Worth.