Updated: 01/25/2013 7:22 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
The Twin Cities area is getting a new airline.
Pinnacle Airlines Corp. announced Thursday its headquarters will relocate from Tennessee to Minnesota.
According to Pinnacle Airlines Corp., the airline's operation will be located in a vacant area at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that is currently leased by Delta.
“This is a significant milestone in our restructuring and represents substantial progress that we expect will allow us to continue down a path toward successfully emerging from bankruptcy,” President and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines John Spanjers said.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission is thrilled with Pinnacle Airlines’ decision today to move its headquarters to Minnesota.
“The Metropolitan Airports Commission has worked closely with Governor Dayton, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Greater MSP to ensure that Minnesota offers the best path forward for Pinnacle Airlines as it emerges from bankruptcy and looks toward the future,” said MAC Chairman Dan Boivin. “Relocating a headquarters operation is never easy for any organization, but I believe Pinnacle will find Minnesota a place where the airline, its employees and their families can grow and thrive.”
Jeff Hamiel, executive director and chief executive officer of the MAC, also noted Pinnacle’s history at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport saying, “Through its affiliation with Delta Air Lines and its acquisition of Minnesota-based Mesaba Airlines, Pinnacle has long played a key role in transporting travelers to and from MSP Airport. We are pleased and excited to welcome Pinnacle Airlines as it transitions its headquarters to its new home at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Governor Mark Dayton released this statement, “I am very pleased that Pinnacle Airlines has chosen Minnesota as the location of their corporate headquarters. The company’s decision is a great outcome and I appreciate the working partnership the state has had with Delta Air Lines in bringing these new jobs to Minnesota. Pinnacle sees what we know to be true: Minnesota’s highly skilled workforce and welcoming communities make our state a great place to do business. I am very grateful they have chosen to locate their headquarters here and look forward to working with Pinnacle as they make the move to Minnesota.”
About 500 employees work at the airline's headquarters in Memphis.
The move to Minnesota is tentatively scheduled to be completed by May of 2013.