- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Atlanta-based ExpressJet Airlines is adding to its maintenance operations at the Shreveport Regional Airport.

On Thursday, the company and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the $400,000 expansion. The company said the expansion would create 35 jobs paying on average $60,000 a year.

ExpressJet is adding a new heavy maintenance and overhaul operation at a facility it has operated at the airport since 2003. At the facility, crews do high-level maintenance checks of the company’s aircraft.

ExpressJet has a fleet of more than 300 aircraft. The company operates regional passenger airplanes with Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

Louisiana Economic Development said ExpressJet is expected to take advantage of state tax exemption programs.

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