United Headquarters

Denver's economic development director says United Airlines is a major employer in the city, and more of its employment would be welcomed if its parent company moved its headquarters there.

UAL Corporation said yesterday it's looking to consolidate its facilities -- a process that could end with the company moving its headquarters from Chicago's suburbs.

Denver economic development director John Huggins says the city has had periodic discussions with United.

But he did NOT comment about a possible move.

United operates a hub out of Denver International Airport and has about five-thousand employees in the metro area.

UAL spokeswoman Jean Medina declined to comment, saying only that the company is looking at all its facilities and reviewing options.