Friday, February 05, 2010

Republic Airways to shut down Lynx Aviation and furlough crews

by B. N. Sullivan

Lynx AviationWhen Republic Airways acquired Frontier Airlines several months ago, Lynx Aviation -- Frontier's regional turboprop subsidiary -- was a part of the deal. Now Republic has decided to do away with Lynx, shed its fleet of 11 Bombardier Q400 aircraft, and eliminate about 175 jobs.

Republic announced that Lynx Aviation will cease operations by mid-September of this year. Plans call for most of the current Lynx routes to be served in the future by Republic Airlines E-170 and E-190 aircraft, flown by Republic pilots.

Furloughs will begin in April. The Denver Post reports that of Lynx Aviation's 120 pilots and 110 flight attendants, 40 in each group will be retained until September, when remaining Lynx employees will be furloughed. The Denver Post quoted a Republic spokesman who said that Lynx employees will be given the opportunity to continue with Republic or Frontier and will receive priority hiring. Those who don't stay on will be given severance.