Locally based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Tuesday afternoon said it still might bring jobs to Indianapolis as part of
the digestion of its newly acquired Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines subsidiaries. But it looks like Milwaukee has wound
up as the biggest beneficiary.
Frontier Airlines is set to exit bankruptcy protection on Thursday as part of Republic Airways, which seems determined
to run an efficient airline even if it ruffles some feathers in the process.
Locally based Republic Airways Holdings, which earlier this month said it could move up to 400 jobs gained through its
Frontier Airlines acquisition to Indianapolis or Milwaukee, has hinted it may move nearly twice that number to its headquarters
The mammoth facility near Indianapolis International Airport now employs as many people as it did when United Airlines abandoned it
six years ago, but its new tenants are contending with struggles of their own.
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is considering shifting as many as 250 jobs to its home base of Indianapolis as a result of
its pending acquisition of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. in Denver, according to a news report.
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that
threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at
an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight
in a fare war Republic hasn’t had to fight as a contract carrier.
Republic Airways Holdings plans to add more than 1,000 jobs, including some at its Indianapolis headquarters, thanks to a deal to fly larger aircraft for US Airways and its first contract to fly for Continental Airlines.