- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2005

Nearly 30 people sat in the Arlington Employment Center yesterday morning, waiting for the chance to talk jobs with US Airways Group Inc. — less than 18 hours after America West said it would buy the Arlington carrier.

Most of the job seekers, who were waiting 15 minutes before the airline’s job fair began at 10 a.m., had checked on the sign-in sheet that they had heard about the job fair from company employees and newspaper ads.

In one ad, US Airways said it was looking for customer-service agents for Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International airports.

US Airways earlier this year started hiring ticket agents, baggage handlers and other workers on a larger scale in the Philadelphia, Washington and Charlotte, N.C., areas.

At the employment center, airline employees refused to take any questions, referring them to the company’s corporate headquarters. The center’s staff also would not comment.

“We don’t want to involve participants coming in today,” said an employment center worker who would not give her name. She would not say how many would not say how many people were expected to show up for the three-hour event.

The company notified employees of potential changes under its planned merger with Tempe, Ariz., carrier America West Holdings Corp.

But the deal has not been approved and US Airways likely will operate under its regular procedures for the next two to three years, said an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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