Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Comair to reduce fleet and eliminate 520 crew jobs

ComairCrew members at U.S. regional carrier Comair were notified this week that the airline plans to eliminate 520 flying jobs, beginning in September of this year. Comair, which is planning to ground 14 of its 128 regional jets at the end of the summer, will let go 300 of its 1,477 pilots, and 220 of its 940 flight attendants.

An article in the Dayton Business Journal about Comair's work force reduction plans quoted a Comair spokeswoman who said, "We have steadily reduced non-crew staff since the beginning of the year. Because our pilot and flight attendant staffing is directly related to our flying, we need to adjust our crew complement for the fall."

Comair, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates as a Delta Connection carrier.