DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – PSA Airlines is adding to its fleet.
It broke ground Tuesday on a new addition to its training center at the Dayton International Airport.
PSA currently has 446 full time employees. The new Operation Control Center will create about 42 new jobs.
The building will sit adjacent to the recently completed PSA Airlines Learning Center. It will be a 7,500 square foot building.
PSA Airlines has been headquartered in Dayton since 1986 and leaders say this latest project will make it more likely the airline will stay here.
“To have their mechanics here and have the trainings here in the city helps with the long term viability of the airport but also shows we have good quality jobs that fit in the aerospace field,” says Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
The new jobs pay an average of about $40,000 a year.
But more than the jobs, Dayton officials say keeping PSA headquartered here gives travelers options.
“What it means is they’re going to have more choices to fly out of Dayton in the morning because airplanes are coming in here at night for maintenance,” says Aviation Director Terry Slaybaugh.
The project will cost about $1.8 million. It’s being funded by city and airport dollars along with county and state grants.
We wanted to know if the project is a good use of your tax dollars.
“One thing I’ve been thrilled about with Jobs Ohio is the way they analyze the project and we do look at return on investment, so do I think it’s worth it? Yes,” says Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.
The building is expected to be finished in six months.