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Thursday 16 August 2012

The airline warned of the layoffs at MIA’s Concourse


American Airlines has warned the state of Florida of four layoffs at Miami International Airport as part of the beleaguered carrier’s restructuring.
The airline warned of the layoffs at MIA’s Concourse E in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice filed with the state on Monday.
The layoffs are part of restructuring at the airline, whose parent company AMR Corp. (Pink Sheets: AAMRQ) filed for bankruptcy in November.
“Regrettably, reducing our costs requires a number of tough decisions,” said Tiffany Schildge, manager of talent services, in a letter to the state. “Several of these very difficult decisions include a reduction in force. As a result, approximately 4 Premium Travel Representative positions will be impacted at the Miami International Airport.”
“At this time, we can’t anticipate the final reduction in force numbers because the affected employees will have the opportunity to participate in the competitive selection process for other Premium Services positions,” said Martha Pantín, a Miami spokeswoman for the airline. “In addition, final reductions numbers will also be affected by normal attrition and other voluntary departures.”
U.S. Airways (NYSE: LCC) has sought a merger with American, which maintains plans to come out of bankruptcy as an independent carrier.
American has about 9,000 South Florida employees. The carrier’s second-busiest hub is at MIA.
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