Northwest Airlines has opened a reservation center in the former America West center near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The center, which opened two weeks ago will be dedicated by Northwest and state officials today. Of its approximately 250 employees, 210 are former America West workers who were given priority. The others are Northwest employees who have moved to the center.
Cary Nievinski, manager of operations at the office, said Northwesthired most of the America West workers who wanted their old jobs back.
In addition, 60 people are training for jobs at the center. They include former America West employees, Northwest employees and newly hired staff members, Mr. Nievinski said. Northwest expects the center to have about 500 employees by the end of next year, he said.
America West, a once-promising carrier now struggling through bankruptcy, had planned to close the center in January before Northwest bought the 2 1/2 -year-old office.
America West moved its reservations operation to Kansas City, Mo.