United Airlines announced yesterda, it is laying off nearly 1700 white collar and ticketing employees, or about 2% of its work force. The carrier also announced, it's shutting down all of its U.S. ticket offices as part of efforts to slash costs in bankruptcy.
The airline says the furloughs will take effect this month and
will help United meet the strict requirements of its Chapter 11
financing. United also says it decided to close down its remaining 32 city ticket offices based on research showing that more customers are
buying tickets online or calling United's reservation number.
The bulk of the latest layoffs involve nearly 1500 management and salaried employees whose non-union jobs will be cut by January 19th.