United Airlines cuts 13 top jobs and adds international flights in July

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By Tracy Rucinski

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "(Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc. It was announced on Friday that 13 officer positions would be canceled, even if international flights were resumed. This is part of a restructuring to address the business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “data-reactid =” 24 “> (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc. It was announced on Friday that 13 officer positions would be canceled, even if international flights were resumed. This is part of a restructuring to address the business impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

United, based in Chicago, announced that July, Washington, DC and San Francisco’s transatlantic service will expand to cities across Europe due to a slight increase in demand, and service to Tokyo-Haneda, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul will resume.

It also extends service across Latin America and the Caribbean. The July schedule will be 75% below normal, compared to 90% currently.

US airlines have pointed to slight increases in demand that collapsed in April after global corona virus outbreaks, but they say that a slow and uncertain recovery will force a smaller industry.

United is preparing to cut management and administrative staff by at least 30% in October when a government-imposed ban on layoffs expires for companies receiving wage and salary assistance under the CARES Act.

Airlines like United are introducing programs to get tens of thousands of employees to accept voluntary vacation or early retirement, hoping to avoid widespread vacation days in the fall.

To reduce costs now, United will eliminate 13 executives effective June 15, although eight of these people will remain with the company until September 30.

It has also offered thousands of voluntary flight attendant separation packages to adapt the number of employees to demand.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Southwest Airlines Co. Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said Friday that far more seats will be available to airlines than customers “for some time”. “Data-reactid =” 32 “> Southwest Airlines Co. Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said Friday that far more seats will be available to airlines than customers “for some time”.

As soon as fears of the corona virus subside and more people fly, Kelly said that intense competition for passengers will create “a brutal, low-cost environment”.

Southwest plans to resume service in Mexico and the Caribbean in July.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; editing by Tom Brown and David Gregorio)

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