Compass Airlines has announced plans to build an aircraft hangar and maintenance center at Louisville International Airport that will create up to 70 full-time jobs with an annual payroll in excess of $3 million.
Compass Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines and operates regional jet aircraft under the Northwest Airlink banner.
The $9.85 million maintenance facility will include three aircraft bays and handle scheduled maintenance for the carrier’s new fleet of 76-seat Embraer E-175 regional jet aircraft.
Several locations were considered for the facility, but Northwest Airlines’ Louisville flight schedule and the city’s proximity to the Northwest hubs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit and Memphis made Louisville the ideal location for Compass to perform its scheduled aircraft maintenance, company officials said.
Design of the new facility is expected to be complete later this year with construction beginning in spring of 2008.