Mesaba Airlines to Close Eagan HQ, Cut 193 Jobs

With the closure of the regional airline's Eagan office, about 200 of the company's 800 jobs in the state will reportedly be cut, and it's unclear how many workers will be offered other jobs at the company's Memphis, Tennessee office.

Mesaba Airlines will reportedly close its Eagan headquarters on December 26.

The Star Tribune reported that Memphis, Tennessee-based Pinnacle Airlines, which owns Mesaba, will shutter the headquarters and cut 193 Mesaba jobs-out of about 800 total Mesaba jobs in Minnesota. The company will maintain a training facility in Eagan and a pilot group and maintenance organization at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A Pinnacle spokesman told the Minneapolis newspaper that it's still unclear whether some of the workers affected by the headquarters closure will be offered other Pinnacle jobs in Memphis. The Pioneer Press, meanwhile, reported that 35 affected workers had accepted new jobs at Pinnacle as of Friday.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, Inc., sold Mesaba to Pinnacle last year for $62 million. Following the closure of the Eagan headquarters, Pinnacle will reportedly maintain the Mesaba brand but the company will be based in Memphis.

Pinnacle had announced in July 2010 that Mesaba's headquarters would remain in Eagan under its own management, but a Pinnacle spokesman on Friday told the Star Tribune that closing the headquarters “was the plan from the beginning.” Read the full Star Tribune story here.