Friday, December 12, 2008

Delta Airlines Getting Rid Of More Employees

Delta Air Lines will offer voluntary severance payouts to most of the 75,000 employees at Delta's and Northwest's mainline operations.

It's part of a plan by the world's largest airline to cut an unspecified number of jobs.

Chief Executive Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian said in a memo to employees that the program is similar to one earlier this year that Delta used to trim about 4,000 jobs.

The executives say the cuts are necessary because Delta will be reducing systemwide capacity in 2009 by 6 percent to 8 percent in response to slowing demand for seats on airplanes.

Northwest is Michigan's leading passenger air carrier. It handles about 55 percent of the passenger traffic at its Detroit Metropolitan Airport hub.

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