Mesaba HQ To Close Early Next Year

 - December 6, 2011, 1:40 AM

Pinnacle Airlines said in late October that it would close the headquarters of its Eagan, Minn.-based Mesaba Airlines subsidiary toward the end of next year’s first quarter as it moves to reduce the number of its operating certificates from three to two. Pinnacle also owns Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air.   

A Pinnacle spokesman told AIN that Pinnacle has offered all the employees in Eagan jobs within the company. Some employees will move to Pinnacle’s headquarters in Memphis, while others will remain in Eagan to support a training and education center.

Pinnacle also plans to keep a pilot and maintenance base at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“This is part of our transition and integration plan announced when we acquired Mesaba in July 2010,” said the spokesman. “As of Saturday, October 23, thirty-five employees had accepted positions at Pinnacle, so the number of impacted employees is closer to 160 instead of 193 that some media originally reported…the window for some positions will be open until the end of the year, so that number is likely to be much lower.”