Southwest cuts AirTran workforce in Atlanta - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Southwest cuts AirTran workforce in Atlanta

Posted: Updated:
Logo courtesy of Southwest Airlines Logo courtesy of Southwest Airlines
ATLANTA -

Southwest Airlines is cutting about 300 employees from AirTran Airways' workforce at Atlanta's airport.

Southwest bought AirTran in 2011 and started its own Atlanta flights last year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/Y8KIv9) that the 300 ground workers — baggage handlers, ticket counter and gate agents — would end up with jobs in other cities where Southwest operates if they are willing relocate. If not, they will get severance packages and leave the company.

The cuts come as Southwest prepares to deemphasize connecting flights in AirTran's operation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in November by smoothing out the flight schedule and catering more to fliers coming and going from the Atlanta market.

Southwest says Atlanta will be a "focus city" instead of a connecting hub as it has been for AirTran.

___

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices