American Airlines Issues Layoff Notices to 25,000 Workers

By Kurt Stolz on 16 July 2020
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American Airlines warned 25,000 employees, approximately 29% of its customer-facing workforce, of impending layoffs that would happen on or after October 1 of this year as the aviation industry continues to reel amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The notices were sent in compliance with federal labor laws and were sent to airport and technical operations workers who could be transferred to other locations, the airline said.

The list of impacted employees includes 9,950 flight attendants, 37% of the airline’s total number of employees and its largest workgroup.

In a letter to employees Wednesday that was made available to Frequent Business Traveler, the world’s largest carrier said that it expects to have 20,000 more employees than it needs come fall.

The letter, from the airline’s CEO, Doug Parker, and president, Robert Isom, said that passenger demand has started to slow again as the number of coronavirus cases in numerous states rises and as multiple states have imposed quarantine requirements and curbs on travel.

“We had a stated goal of avoiding furloughs because we believed demand for air travel would steadily rebound by Oct. 1 as the impact of Covid-19 dissipated,” Messrs. Parker and Isom said in the letter. “That unfortunately has not been the case.”

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