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Republic Airways bringing 300 jobs to city

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said Tuesday afternoon it will create as many as 300 jobs in Indianapolis next year by bringing Frontier Airlines’ Operation Control Center to the city.

Locally based Republic purchased Denver-based Frontier in October for $109 million.

Republic said it will expand its headquarters on the city’s north side to support the transfer of Frontier’s control center and consolidate back-office operations from various locations throughout Frontier’s network.

The company plans to begin hiring dispatchers, engineers, crew schedulers and other operations positions in the second quarter of next year.

“This move will allow the administration of all of our airlines to be accomplished under one roof, which will help provide our co-workers out on the line with an efficient and consistent support network,” Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said in a prepared statement.

Republic said it would offer about 140 Denver-based Frontier workers employment in Indianapolis, with the balance of the potential 300 jobs consisting of new hires.  However, it is unclear how many of the Denver workers will elect to transfer here, said Republic spokesman Carlo Bertolini.

Republic last month hinted that more jobs would be coming to Indianapolis after announcing that Milwaukee had landed up to 800 additional jobs as the result of Republic’s acquisition of Frontier and of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines, earlier this year.  Republic was considering Indianapolis and Milwaukee as the home of those workers, which include flight crews, jobs in heavy maintenance and technical support.

For the 300 new jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Republic up to $3.8 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on job creation. The city of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. will request property tax abatement to the Metropolitan Development Commission.

Republic was founded as Chautauqua Airlines in 1973 in Jamestown, N.Y., and relocated to Indianapolis in 1994. Following recent acquisitions of Frontier and Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines in July, the company employs about 11,000  and operates 288 regional jets with approximately 1,600 daily flights.

Republic shares were fetching $7.60 in late-afternoon trading.
 
 

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