CHARLOTTE, N.C. - US Airways (LCC) became the latest U.S. company to announce layoffs Tuesday, saying reduced flying means it needs 233 fewer airport support positions.
Cuts will be made at 10 airports, including Austin, Columbus, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Salt Lake City and Tucson. The carrier's hubs in Charlotte, Phoenix and Philadelphia are spared.
The cuts came as the carrier prepared to load its spring and summer schedules. In a letter to employees, CEO Doug Parker wrote: "These are uncertain times marked by less business flying, fewer family vacations and rising unemployment. Even though today's news is part of our previously announced capacity reductions, losing 233 airport positions is a step we had hoped to avoid, primarily through attrition."
Last year, as it reduced capacity, the airline cut about 2,000 positions, partially through attrition and voluntary layoffs and primarily in Las Vegas and its Tempe, Ariz. headquarters. Mainline capacity was 5.9% lower in the fourth quarter than it was a year earlier. US Airways' workforce currently totals about 33,700.