The Star-Telegram says AA's "nationwide downsizing, which will eliminate up to 12% of American’s capacity, is expected to cost thousands of jobs. Airline officials said they were still studying the impact on the work force and said voluntary buyouts will be offered before any layoffs."
United Airlines said it will halt operations at Palm Beach International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and cut 66 jobs, airline spokesman Jeff Kovick said.
American is reducing flights at most of its principal operations. This announcement, combined with the previously announced round of schedule reductions, means American will close its operations entirely at three of its airports, while Eagle will close five of its airports, out of a combined total of 250 airports for both.
The airports/cities being closed are:
American – Oakland, Calif. (previously announced); London Stansted (previously announced); and Barranquilla , Colombia
American Eagle – Albany, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Samana, Dominican Republic (previously announced); and San Luis Obispo, Calif. American Eagle will also close its maintenance base in San Luis Obispo.
Milwaukee air travelers will see fewer nonstop flights, and Midwest Airlines Inc. employees will see more pink slips, as Midwest parks its large — and gas-hogging — MD-80 jets.
USA Today reports that Delta, Northwest pilots agree on terms of joint contract:
Delta and Northwest pilot negotiators say they have a tentative agreement with Delta management on a joint contract to cover both pilot groups when the companies combine later this year.
CHICAGO, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) today announced a framework agreement to cooperate extensively, linking their networks and services worldwide to the benefit of customers, and creating revenue opportunities and cost savings and other efficiencies. In addition, Continental plans to join United in the Star Alliance, the most comprehensive airline alliance in the world.
TheStreet.com reports that Airlines are Slow to Get on Board With Bag Fees
Delta Air Lines Inc. said Wednesday it plans to reduce its domestic capacity 13 percent during the second half of 2008, a bigger cut that it had previously revealed.
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia Oakland, Calif. Cali, Colombia Palm Springs, Calif. Chattanooga, Tenn. Reno, Nev. Cologne, Germany Santiago, Dominican Republic Green Bay, Wis. Sarasota, Fla. Guayaquil, Ecuador Tallahassee, Fla. Monclova, Mexico Toledo, Ohio Montgomery, Ala.
Sudan Airways passenger plane crashes in flames in Sudan:
At least 100 people were killed, according to Sudanese television, out of the 203 on board.
Air New Zealand will fly one less service to Tokyo from September to November, and is withdrawing a twice-weekly service to Hong Kong in December and January, it said.
Flights to Sydney from Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton will be reduced from August.
Reuters reports that United Airlines offers "early out deal" to some flight attendants.
CNN reports that small airports struggle with dwindling air service.