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CEO says American Airlines Important to City

By Kevin Lavery/KWMU

St. Louis – American Airlines CEO Don Carty says despite financial hardships, the company still values keeping St. Louis as one of its three hubs.

Speaking in St. Louis Wednesday, Carty said the airline is asking pilots, flight attendants and other employees for $1.8 billion in wage and benefit reductions and changes in contractual work rules.

Carty acknowledged that seniority issues involving former TWA employees in St. Louis have created difficulties since American acquired TWA. But he says that issue is largely out of the airline's hands.

American officials will meet with union representatives Friday to discuss possible concessions.