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US Airways to eliminate 1,000 jobs, realign network

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009
by bimjim

US Airways to eliminate 1,000 jobs, realign network to focus on 'core' airports
Thursday October 29, 2009

US Airways announced yesterday that it will cut 1,000 jobs in the first half of 2010 and implement a "realignment" of its flight network to focus on its "core network strengths," resulting in nearly all of its capacity operating to/from three hubs, one focus city and on its Northeast US shuttle service by the end of next year.

US said the job cuts will include 600 airport passenger and ramp service workers, 200 pilots and 150 flight attendants. It will close crew bases at Las Vegas and New York LaGuardia on Jan. 31 and at Boston on May 2.

The realigned network will ramp up from 93% to 99% the amount of flying that goes through the Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix hubs, focus airport Washington National and the BOS-LGA-DCA shuttle service. As a result, daily LAS departures will lower from 64 to 36 by February 2010, all service will be suspended at Wichita and Colorado Springs and 15 E-190s will be redeployed to BOS-PHL and BOS-LGA Shuttle flying.

In addition, PHL service to five European destinations--Birmingham, London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Shannon and Stockholm Arlanda--will be eliminated and seasonal PHL service to Brussels and Zurich will transition to year-round in late 2010. US also will return its PHL-Beijing flight authority to the US Dept. of Transportation. It will retain the option to reapply for the authority.

In a letter to employees, Chairman and CEO Doug Parker wrote, "By focusing on our strengths and eliminating unprofitable flying we will increase the likelihood of returning US Airways to long-term profitability, which is in all of our best interests."

by Aaron Karp