Compass Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines, announced that the airline’s permanent aircraft maintenance facility at Louisville International Airport is fully operational.
The $9.5 million project has created 70 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $3 million. "Given the current economic circumstances, the addition of 70 well-paying jobs is an encouraging step in the right direction,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “I want to thank Compass Airlines for bringing this tremendous economic development opportunity to the greater Louisville area."
"This new facility is an ideal location for us and it will continue to help us secure our success at Compass Airlines,” said Tim Campbell, President of Compass Airlines. “We are grateful to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the City of Louisville, Greater Louisville, Inc. and The Louisville Regional Airport Authority for helping make this facility possible.”
In September 2007, Compass announced that Louisville International Airport had been selected as the location for the new maintenance facility for its state-of-the-art Embraer 175 aircraft.
The facility consists of a 42,720-square-foot aircraft maintenance hangar, 11,416 square feet that are used for office, shop and storage spaces, an 80,601-square-foot concrete apron, and 33,480 square feet of parking and roadways.
Compass Airlines operates 36 new state-of-the-art Embraer 175 aircraft. Compass operates as a Delta Connection carrier serving over 40 destinations primarily out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit and Memphis hubs with over 150 daily departures. Currently headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, Compass is relocating to Minneapolis, MN at the end of this year.