Further capacity reduction, layoffs announced in airline industry

by Canadian Shipper

A ripple effect of layoffs and reduced capacity continues across the global airline industry in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

-Delta Air Lines has announced it will reduce staffing by up to 13,000 jobs across all major work groups over the next few months, and reduce capacity by 15% effective November 1, 2001. The new schedule will be in effect indefinitely due to the uncertainty of future demand for travel.

-Bombardier Inc. has announced it will lay off 3,800 workers worldwide, a figure which represents five per cent of the Montreal-based aerospace company’s workforce. The company will lay off 2,005 workers in Montreal, 650 in Toronto, 30 in North Bay, Ont., 635 in the United States and 480 in the United Kingdom

-Singapore Airlines is also reviewing its operating patterns and plans to implement service reductions by the end of October. In addition, as a precautionary measure, SIA is suspending its services to Pakistan. SIA currently flies four times a week to Karachi and Lahore. The suspension takes effect from Friday 28 September.

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