Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:36 am
Really, 1900 heads getting whacked is pretty lenient when compared with the possible (probably not that bad) 30,000 air transport employees on the block.
Now I must say, I have to wonder about some of the airline whackings. I have a "fiftysomething" neighbor (could pass for 35) whose three girls have graduated (all Mizzou), but works "for the travel privileges" with a "big four". She is "streetside" public contact; she asked to "take leave for the duration" (no pay or health - buy it from her husband's employer, but travel). They said no, but yet they are whacking "planeside" Ground employees (and many Flight).
Hopefully the mods will tolerate the slight sidebar...
As it stands, layoffs may reach 50,000 between the big airlines and regionals, and I'd guess that between people taking voluntary leaves or early retirement/buyouts, there are another 25,000 who have already hit the street.
They're retooling for a steady state 30% drop in demand, which still seems optimistic when you consider that the TSA's daily reporting shows that current traffic is around 30% of what it was a year ago.