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Rumors are flying that America West Airlines might relocate its headquarters to Columbus. They are not grounded in reality, although a number of Columbus-area business leaders would like to see the Phoenix-based carrier make its home here.
Several industry analysts contend such a move would be nearly impossible for the airline, which has had poor financial results. The analysts also say that America West's management should even reconsider locating a hub in Columbus.
"Unless conditions improve dramatically, America West Airlines will need to reassess its position in Columbus, a market that continues to place an overall drag on the company's financials at a critical juncture," said Samuel C. Buttrick, an industry analyst …