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Frontier joins United and other carriers made to furlough or reduce employees.
Frontier has declared it will furlough almost 1,500 workers throughout the nation, with approximately 400 in DIA, by October 1. The vast majority of these could be passengers and flight attendants.
As airlines are working at about half capacity because of COVID-19 demands, on the heels of nearly complete grounding through the beginning months of this pandemic, they’re confronted with tough choices. Despite cost-cutting and funding raising, the next step is to furlough workers.
Frontier delivered WARN (Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) finds of feasible furloughs to approximately a third of its passengers and flight attendants in July. Legislation requires employees be informed of a potential layoff two weeks ahead of their actions, so unless things improve radically, October will see the layoffs take effect. The furlough notice suggested that the furlough is lasting for at least half an hour.
Frontier joins United, American, and several other carriers that are letting workers go in certain form. United announced it had plans to furlough a whopping 36,000 workers —roughly two,800 in Denver—nationally. American Airlines announced it would furlough about 100 workers. Spirit Airlines announced it would furlough 20 to 30 percentage of its work force.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has generated so much change in our private and professional lives and is going to result in us becoming a bigger airline. While I know the company have to align the dimensions of our company with need, I understand and profoundly regret the impact this action will have on our employees and their families,” said United’s Executive Vice President Human Resources and Labor Relations Kate Gebo at a furlough letter to workers.
Frontier had aggressive expansion plans recently, even submitting to go public on the stock marketplace, which it has since pulled. Underneath the CARES Act help, which Frontier obtained, airlines were needed to keep employees and service before the financing ends October. In April, the airline had registered to suspend 33 destinations however was just granted three.
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