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American Airlines issues layoff notices to 66 at Sea-Tac

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Sep. 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
September 24, 2012 3:28 pm

American Airlines, seeking to pare expenses and flight schedules while it’s in bankruptcy reorganization, told 66 workers at Sea-Tac Airport Monday they may be laid off in November or December.

The layoff warnings were among 11,000 American has issued nationwide. Sea-Tac’s possible layoffs pale in comparison with those at bigger American destinations.

The airline has warned of 3,000 layoffs in Dallas-Fort Worth, its headquarters city and hub; 3,000 in Tulsa where it has its major overhaul base; 1,200 in Miami, hub for its Caribbean and Latin American operations, and 1,000 in New York, jumping off point for European flights.

The airline said that it expects only about 40 percent of those who receive layoff notices will actually lose their jobs, but federal law required the airline to warn all of those with even a distant chance of being laid off.

American in the last 10 days has seen its flight cancellations jump as crew shortages and mechanical issues halt flights. The airline’s pilots union has not yet agreed to a post-bankruptcy contract that would cut wages and benefits.

At Sea-Tac Airport Monday, none of American’s 16 daily flights was canceled, but five experienced delays as long as four hours and 14 minutes.

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