American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base

American Airlines has announced it will continue with its plans to close the pilot base in St. Louis in September 2018, the company said.

The airline notified the state of Missouri that the move will affect 153 pilots, who will have the opportunity to relocate or commute out of one of the airlines´ other 10 pilot bases.

American Airlines said the closure is expected to begin in early September and should be complete by the end of the month.

The closure was first announced last October as the carrier announced it is retiring McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft operated out of St. Louis as it phases the older generation of aircraft out of its fleet.

The affected pilots previously worked for Trans World Airlines, which operated a major hub at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and was acquired by American in 2001.

American Airlines, Inc. is a major United States airline headquartered within the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex.