American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff

American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff
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  • calendar-gray 28 May 2020

American Airlines will cut 30 percent of its management and support staff in its latest belt-tightening move during the prolonged COVID-19 downturn, the company disclosed Thursday, APA reports citing France 24.

The big US carrier outlined a series of measures to reduce headcount throughout its operations in an email to staff that was released in a securities filing Thursday.

American currently has a team of 17,000 people in management and support, meaning the actions planned will cut about 5,100 jobs.

 

The move follows statements from United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other carriers that have signaled deep job cuts due to sinking air travel demand from coronavirus shutdowns.

The company has established a voluntary departure program for this staff, but "will have to take the difficult step of involuntary separations" if there are not enough volunteers, said Elise Eberwein, executive vice president at American Airlines, in the memo.

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