July 8, 2008

American Airlines Warns of 219 Job Cuts at Texas Airports

By Terry Maxon, The Dallas Morning News

Jul. 8--American Airlines Inc. has informed state officials that it intends to eliminate 219 jobs at major Texas airports, including 158 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

In a letter dated Monday, American executive Kevin Cox told the Texas Workforce Commission that the Fort Worth-based carrier will need to cut the jobs permanently in reaction to the industry's problems.

"As you know, American Airlines and the airline industry continue to suffer losses due to the challenges with which our airline is contending. Soaring fuel prices combined with a weakening economy require that we review every aspect of our network and service infrastructure," wrote Mr. Cox, vice president of state and community affairs.

"It is quite clear that we can no longer operate our airline at its current levels. This reality has forced us to make some very tough, but immediate decisions to secure American's future. We must quickly reduce our operating schedule for the coming months and, as a result, will need fewer people to operate the airline," Mr. Cox said.

The notice came in a WARN letter that advises government officials of pending job cuts and furloughs. Mr. Cox said the job cuts will come on or about Sept. 5.

Last week, American sent WARN letters to its 900 most junior flight attendants advising them that their job could be gone on Aug. 31.

In all, American and parent AMR Corp. expect to eliminate more than 6,500 jobs, or about 8 percent of its workforce as of March 31, as it prunes its capacity a like amount. American plans to cut its domestic flying 11 to 12 percent by the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier, and commuter partner American Eagle plans cuts of 10 to 11 percent.

According to Mr. Cox's letter, American at D/FW Airport will cut 69 fleet service and crew chiefs, 36 mechanics, 28 airport agents, 19 management people and six support staff.

For all of Texas including D/FW, he outlined 209 job cuts, including 23 managers, nine support staff, the 36 mechanics, 46 airport agents and 95 fleet service and crew chiefs. The other 10 jobs were not specified.


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