American Airlines Announces Plans for Management Layoffs

By Anna Breuer on 19 June 2018
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American Airlines announced plans for a series of management layoffs in the coming weeks.  The news was announced on Tuesday in a memo to management-level employees.

The move comes as the airline hits the five-year mark after its merger with US Airways and management wants to build an organizational structure for the future, it said. Today, however, the airline “has more director and above leaders than we require,” said Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, and Robert Isom, the airline’s president, in the memo.

There will be some “involuntary exits” and some employees will be given the opportunity to leave voluntarily with severance pay. In addition, some positions may be combined as a result of the layoffs, the two executives said.

The airline did not specify how many management-level employees would be made redundant, however, and an e-mail to American requesting clarification remained unanswered at deadline.

The restructuring will “require all of us to challenge the way we have always done things and think creatively and broadly about American’s very bright future,” Parker and Isom said in the memo.

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