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Updated Feb 11, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says US Airways move won’t hurt badly

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the state’s economy won’t be badly
hurt if US Airways merges with American Airlines and the company headquarters
moves to Texas.

Brewer said Monday she’s met with US Airways CEO Doug Parker and he’s assured
her the majority of jobs in Phoenix will stay even with the move. She says
Parker and headquarters staff would move but Phoenix would remain a hub and
thousands of operations jobs would remain here.

“We would rather have them not even be discussing this, but the bottom line is that they’re probably going to move forward to do what is best for their shareholders,” said Brewer.

The governor says news reports that the Phoenix hub may be cut doesn’t square
with what Parker said. She says she got “all sorts of assurances” from Parker
and she believes him.

Tempe-based US Airways is reportedly close to a merger with American parent AMR
Corp. to create the world’s biggest airline by passenger traffic.

KTAR’s Sandra Haros contributed to this report.


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