Southwest to open pilot base in Atlanta

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Southwest Airlines will open a pilot base in Atlanta this August.

The Dallas-based low-cost carrier will employ at least 200 cockpit crew members at the base and grow it as needed, it says.

"We are very pleased to invest in a facility here in Atlanta dedicated to helping our employees be the best in the industry," says Jeff Lamb, executive vice-president and chief people and administration officer of Southwest, in a statement.

Southwest is in the process of integrating AirTran, which has a hub in Atlanta, into the airline. It anticipates this to be complete in 2014.

Atlanta will join Southwest's pilot bases at Baltimore-Washington, Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, Denver, Houston Hobby, Las Vegas, Oakland, Orlando and Phoenix.