American Airways will delay development on a $250 million resort and convention heart venture at its company headquarters in Fort Value because it tries to protect cash and look ahead to a interval of decrease demand within the air journey trade.“We’ve temporarily paused construction on our Fort Worth campus,” mentioned American Airways spokeswoman Annie Lorenzana. “We are going to proceed to guage this venture, as we do all capital investments, inside this present setting.”American, which has already frozen hiring, reduce contractors and provided buyouts to hundreds of workers, is planning to chop as a lot as $700 million worth of non-aircraft capital spending this yr, CEO Doug Parker mentioned in an investor convention final month.The brand new convention heart and resort had been described because the “heart” of the overhauled company campus that additionally featured a brand new operations heart, know-how constructing and company headquarters constructing. The 2 buildings may have a complete of 620,000 sq. toes and embody workplace and retail area together with 600 resort rooms. It would even have eating places, a 131-square-foot convention and coaching heart and a tavern for workers to social after hours and through occasions.The coaching and convention heart and resort complicated have been meant to be one of many jewels of the campus, one of many few locations meant for the 88,000 American Airways workers that don’t work on the property. The corporate hoped to coach flight attendants on the new facility and host giant company occasions, changing outdated buildings that had been there for greater than 50 years and rented area at native resorts and convention facilities.The initiatives have been a part of a constructing spree earlier than the pandemic by American and its North Texas rival Southwest Airways.For American, development has already began on the buildings, however the COVID-19 pandemic has come swiftly and brutally for airways. American mentioned it is going to burn $40 million to $70 million a day throughout the second quarter as demand has shrunk to lower than 20% earlier estimates.“The real focus here is how do we get our costs down, how do we get them into that level with zero revenue and how low can we get it with zero revenue and that’s what the team is working on and making sure that that’s the process we go through from a cost perspective, to stop everything we don’t need to do, slow every bit of [capital expenditures] that we have out there, not take any aircraft deliveries that don’t have any financing so cash doesn’t go out the door,” CFO Derek Kerr mentioned at a current investor convention.The corporate has additionally put a maintain on development of a brand new $100 million flight kitchen at DFW in addition to a $100 million elements distribution heart. The flight kitchen was meant to assist alleviate overcrowding on the facility at DFW. The previous flight kitchen, operated by contractor LSG Skychefs, was blamed for two,300 delays on American flights in the summertime of 2019.The elements heart, additionally at DFW, is designed to assist American Airways streamline each day in a single day repairs on airplanes at dozens of airports throughout the nation. At the moment, these elements are saved at a wide range of services throughout the nation. However with the rising significance of the DFW hub, American mentioned its simpler to retailer these elements in North Texas and dispatch repairs. The completion of that venture is being pushed again by six months to December 2021.