Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — American Airlines has once again taken a top spot in national headlines as a recent report by the esteemed Dallas Business Journal announces the carrier is set to lay off a significant amount of workers, although no official number has been given.
On Wednesday, a letter was sent to employees informing them of the decision to eliminate management and support staff positions. The letter stated that the workforce would be “significantly reduced” but gave employees no indication as to the exact number of positions that would be affected.
American Airlines, based out of Fort Worth, Texas, gave warning about the potential of downsizing in May due to capacity changes which would also effect American Eagle Airlines. The reduction would then result in the ultimate closing of facilities or consolidation of facilities. On the heels of the much-publicized institutions of fare increases and sky-rocketing fees on checked bags, commercial airlines like American Airlines are still struggling with soaring gas prices which will be the downfall of the industry.
Jeff Brundage, the senior vice president of human resources for American Airlines, sent out a memo on June 25th stating, “While the reductions will vary by department, they will generally be in line with the capacity reduction of approximately 8 percent from the 2008 plan.” On a positive note, the letter gave a small form of consolation by notifying employees that voluntary programs and extended leaves would be integrated on a department-by-department basis.
According to Brundage, American’s layoffs will be difficult, though necessary due to current economic conditions.
Dallas Wired Reporter