ATA shifts pilots out of Indianapolis

ATA Airlines Inc. has closed its Indianapolis pilot base and moved its 94 pilots out of the city, the Indianapolis-based carrier said yesterday.

The relocation was carried out in accordance with the pilots’ collective bargaining agreement, said ATA spokeswoman Maya Wagle. No pilots were demoted or lost their jobs.

The action is the latest in a series of moves the carrier has undertaken since it was bought out of bankruptcy for more than $90 million in 2005 by the New York investment firm Matlin Patterson.

Overnight line maintenance will be phased out by Nov. 1, and the entire Indianapolis maintenance operations might be eliminated entirely.

ATA has not had flights out of Indianapolis in two years.

As recently as four years ago, ATA had 2,300 workers in Indianapolis. It now has 765 workers here.

ATA parent Global Aero Logistics Inc., which is headquartered in Indianapolis, lost $46.1 million in the first half of the year. In August, it bought Atlanta-based World Air Holdings, which owns World Airways and North American Airlines-military and commercial charter carriers.

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