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Area Leaders Strive to Keep US Airways in Tempe After AA Merger

By Mike Sunnucks for Phoenix Business Journal

Photo Credit: Jim Poulin / Phoenix Business Journal

Mill Avenue businesses and Tempe leaders are pressing US Airways not to move its headquarters and local operations if it merges with Texas-based American Airlines.

US Airways chairman Doug Parker wants to merge with American and has said a combination would be based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Former Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman, Tempe restaurateur Michael Monti and Paradise Valley town councilman Vernon Parker are leading a new effort to get businesses and residents to lobby Parker and US Airways to stay in their hometown.

US Airways has its headquarters in downtown Tempe as well as an operations center at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airline has said it plans on maintaining its Phoenix hub and major operations in the Valley if the merger with American occurs. But the carrier says its not able to say how many flights would go in and out of Sky Harbor, or how many jobs would remain in Arizona.

Several other Mill Avenue businesses have signed on to the keep US Airways efforts, including Hippie Gypsy, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Mellow Mushroom Pizza, Macayo’s Depot Cantina and RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant.

US Airways has 9,200 employees in the Valley and 287 daily flights at Sky Harbor.

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