United Airlines To Shutter Three International Crew Bases
Yesterday, in an internal memo shared with employees, United Airlines announced that it would cut three of its international cabin crew bases. The airline is planning to make the cuts from October when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act ends. United has offered these staff members a lifeline, but is it an unfeasible promise?
For United Airlines, staff unemployment has looked to be on the cards for a while. Having invested in several plans to conserve cash and tighten its operation, it was only a matter of time before the airline looked to reduce its headcount.
In an internal memo, seen by Reuters, United Airlines announced on Friday (June 5th) that it would be closing three of its foreign flight attendant bases. With just four of them anyway, this figure represents a shut down of 75%. The decision leaves 840 United crew without jobs come October 1st.
The region hardest hit by the news was Hong Kong. United Airlines employs 319 workers here. The Chicago-based carrier will also drop its base in Tokyo, Japan. 300 employees at this base will lose their jobs. The final crew base to get the chop is the one in Frankfurt, Germany. 220 crew will finish their employment from the start of October.
What are the options for staff?
Indeed, the decision will not have been one that was taken lightly. In a statement, the Vice President for In-Flight Services at United, John Slater, told the South China Morning Post,
“In the current and future environment, we ...
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