ExpressJet to close its facility in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – ExpressJet, which operates a jet maintenance facility at Shreveport Regional Airport, plans to close it next year and shift those operations to its facility in Knoxville, Tennessee – costing nearly 300 people their jobs.

ExpressJet spokeswoman Bobbie Battista tells KTBS-TV ( ) the facility, which has been in operation for 13 years, is scheduled to close by June. In February, the company announced plans for a $400,000 expansion at Shreveport Regional.

ExpressJet Airlines is affiliated with Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. It maintains a fleet of more than 300 jets for those airlines, flying under the names Delta Connection, United Express and American Eagle.

Since 2003, ExpressJet Airlines has operated a facility at Shreveport Regional to maintain those aircraft. ExpressJets’ employees were notified Friday of the pending closure.