Friday, September 21, 2001

Job cuts to come at Delta

Major carriers all slashing

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Delta Air Lines president and chief operating officer Fred Reid told employees Thursday that layoffs will begin at the nation's No. 3 airline next week.

        Speaking on an employee hot line, Mr. Reid said Delta is in “a life and death struggle” to survive, following last week's terrorist attacks and the subsequent industry-wide drop-off in air travel.

        “I can only be completely honest with you ... we have no alternative to the heartbreaking requirement to reduce employee costs and head counts,” said Mr. Reid, who said the company would announce specific numbers between Monday and Wednesday.

        Delta, which has more than 81,000 workers, employs more than 4,000 at its second-largest hub, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Delta's Erlanger-based regional subsidiary, Comair, also employs more than 4,000, but company spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said no employee reductions were expected there in the near future.

        With airlines reeling financially after the attacks, there have been almost 70,000 layoffs announced in the industry. Delta is the last major carrier to make cuts.

        Mr. Reid said Delta was expecting a 15 to 20 percent drop in operations.


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