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The hubbub is about US Airways dissing Pittsburgh, its birthplace, by not stopping there on its ceremonial final flight on Oct. 16. American Airlines says it will skip Pittsburgh because it isn't an American Airlines Group hub.

A former Pittsburgh county executive says US Airways is insulting the city that helped give it its start.

A ceremonial flight for US Airways Flight 1939 is slated for Oct. 16 and will land in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Phoenix and San Francisco, notably ignoring the city where the airline began.

An American Airlines spokesman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the city was skipped over because it is not currently a hub for the airline. US Airways recently merged with American.

Former Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey said Thursday the snub represented “maybe the last and final insult.”

American Airlines is shutting down the airline’s flight operations control center Sunday in Moon. About 650 jobs are going to Fort Worth, Texas.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Tags: hubs, pittsburgh, us airways

Photo credit: The tail sections of an American Airlines and US Airways aircraft are on the ramp at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Mike Stone / Reuters

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