AA Vacates Kansas Base

AMERICAN AIRLINES (AA) has now fully vacated its Kansas City International (KCI) Airport overhaul base.  The facility had originally been operated by Trans World Airlines in 1954 and was taken over by AA in 2001.  The carrier had begun to return the buildings to the Airport’s Aviation Department in 2009 and vacated the last area – the wide-body hangars – in early December 2010.
The other areas have already been leased to other carriers including Frontier Airlines and Jet Midwest, while Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation is assembling environmentally friendly electric trucks in another area.  The Airport Authority is very keen to attract work to the area and estimates that $5.5 billion in revenue and more than 60,000 jobs are generated by the whole site.
In August 2010, Republic Airways Holdings, the parent of Frontier Airlines, eased two aircraft bays in the base’s narrow body building.  The move makes Kansas City the primary hangar maintenance location for Republic’s Embraer 170 and Airbus A320 fleets.