Major Airlines Ready To Cut More Flights In 2009

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

More cuts in flights, further job losses for at least one major air carrier. They are among the options on the table as the airline industry figures out how to deal with an anticipated slump in travel demand.

In a memo to employees, Delta executives indicate the world's largest carrier will reduce overall capacity another six to eight percent next year, including up to 10 percent of U.S. capacity. They also say their analysis will include the impact of further job reductions. Delta cut capacity and jobs earlier in the year.

An official with American Airlines said the carrier and subsidiary American Eagle plan to cut capacity by six percent next year, including a reduction of more than eight percent in domestic flying by American alone.

And Southwest Airlines CEO and Chairman Gary Kelly admits even with an admittedly "bang-up month" in October, changes in November will likely force his carrier to cut capacity.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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