Delta Air Lines passenger planes are parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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Most of Delta Airlines“Around 75,000 employees will not suffer any downsizing thanks to voluntary absences, takeovers and shorter flight schedules,” the airline said on Tuesday.
Airlines have pleaded with employees in recent months to take vacation or buyouts to cut their labor costs as the coronavirus pandemic toll on travel requirement robbed them of income during what is usually the busiest time of the year.
About a fifth of Delta employees, who had more than 90,000 employees at the beginning of the year, were taking buyouts or early retirement packages, CEO Ed Bastian said in an employee statement. More than 40,000 have opted for temporary leave since the pandemic began, and most employees have work schedules has been cut by 25%. The reduced schedules will continue until the end of the year.
“While it is difficult to see so many of our colleagues, each of these departures helped save Delta jobs,” he said.
Flight attendants, mechanics, reservations and customer service representatives will not have a vacation, said Bastian.
The airline has warned that more than 1,900 pilots could be on vacation as early as October 1, but negotiations with their union over cost cuts are ongoing.
The $ 25 billion aid airlines received from the federal government prohibit job cuts until September 30th.