Thousands of airport jobs on layoff lists



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American Airlines jets at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on September 4, 2020.

In less than a month, thousands of people could be out of work at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Airlines companies

American Airlines

The federal government’s program to keep passenger airline workers at work expires on September 30. Without further stimulus, American Airlines plans to lay off 140 Phoenix employees on Oct. 1 and temporarily lay off 1,216 others.

In a letter dated July 21 and sent to Phoenix, the company said the leaves should be temporary and “we sincerely hope that number decreases based on factors such as additional voluntary leaves and early departures, or changes. in the demand environment.

At the end of August, American announced that it would be laying off or laying off 19,000 employees in October. In addition, the company said about 23,500 employees have taken buyouts, taken early retirement or taken long-term leave. The Associated Press reported that American started the year with 140,000 employees and expects fewer than 100,000 to be left by October.

sign says closed checkpoint

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Fewer flights mean some security checkpoints are closed, including checkpoint B at Terminal 4 on September 4, 2020.

United Airlines

In a July letter to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, United Airlines said it planned to cut 126 jobs at Sky Harbor on or around October 1. will be temporary

In its letter, the airline said: “While the CARES Act Payroll Support Program has helped protect jobs through September 30, it only covers a portion of our monthly salary costs. normal and none of our significant operating expenses. “

Alaska Airlines

In its notice to the state, Alaska Airlines said it planned to lay off 130 employees on October 1 or 2. Jobs include technicians at Sky Harbor and Chandler-based customer service and reservation agents.

chairs on tables in empty restaurant

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Most restaurants located before security checkpoints are closed, including Wildflower Bread Company at Terminal 4 on September 4, 2020.

Food and drink

HMS Host and SSP America are the companies that oversee catering operations at Sky Harbor. According to its website, HMS Host operates in more than 120 airports around the world and more than 80 travel centers in North America. SSP America claims to operate approximately 2,000 units in 29 countries.

SSP America

In a letter to the city in July, the SSP said it could lay off 429 employees as of September 24. Positions include bartenders, restaurant managers and warehouse workers Many employees have been on leave since March and April.

The SSP said: “The separations are hopefully temporary. The facilities remain open in limited numbers.

“The separations are hopefully temporary. The facilities remain open in limited numbers.”
– SSP America


In an August letter, HMS Host said if 533 employees are not recalled by October 15, temporary leaves will become permanent layoffs. These jobs include cooks, cashiers, waiters and operations managers.

Flying food group

A private company that provides meals to airlines permanently laid off 96 people when it closed its Phoenix facility on May 20. In an April letter to the state, Flying Food Group cited a significant loss of business for the closure of the facility near 75th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Its website lists facilities in 15 locations across the United States.

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