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CenturyLink expanding airport hangar


The News Star

By Greg Hilburn

March 17, 2011

CenturyLink plans to build a $2 million addition to its Monroe Regional Airport hangar to accommodate the growing company’s fleet of five jets.

Annmarie Sartor, a company spokeswoman, said CenturyLink currently has five jets, but two of them are for sale.

Sartor said the company will eventually move two of Qwest Communications’ larger jets to the hangar sometime after CenturyLink’s deal to buy Qwest closes, which is expected to happen on April 1.

CenturyLink’s jets have been busy shuttling employees and executives during the past two years as the Monroe company first acquired the former Kansas City-based Embarq and now Denver-based Qwest.

“They’ve been full when they fly,” Sartor said.

Lincoln Builders of Ruston is building the 23,500-square-foot addition. The Ruston contractor is also building Monroe’s new $35 million terminal.

Sartor emphasized that the hangar expansion won’t create any more jobs.

CenturyLink already employs about 1,400 at its Monroe headquarters with an annual payroll exceeding $70 million. It’s also committed to add at least 350 jobs in Monroe during a four-year period that began in late 2009.

“We’re proud of CenturyLink’s commitment to our city and its investment at our airport,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said. “It adds to the excitement of the new terminal and it adds prestige to the airport and city. We appreciate CenturyLink’s continued investment in Monroe.