American Closes KC Base

Kansas City, MO – American Airlines will close KC base

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines says it will close a Kansas City, Mo., maintenance base next September because reduced flying means less need for such facilities.

The company told employees about the move in a letter Wednesday.

Maintenance senior vice president Carmine J. Romano says the closure is "a difficult but important step" to reduce the airline's maintenance program as it cuts back on flights.

American also has major maintenance bases in Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Worth, Texas. It has considered closing a base for several years, but held off after expanding its business of working on other airlines' planes.

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