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American Airlines Cut 4,800 Jobs in Last Year

June 25, 2013

American Airlines and its regional carrier have shed 4,800 jobs in the last year, more than any other carrier during a period of widespread industry layoffs, according to a federal report Tuesday.

In the report that total April airline employment figures, AMR Corp. led a long list of layoffs as the industry cut 2.4 percent of its employees in the last 12 months.

Delta Air Lines cut about 2,800 jobs in the last year and Southwest shed about 500 positions.

The report about layoffs comes during a year that has actually seen a 1 percent increase in passengers, but 2.3 percent fewer flights as airlines try mightily to improve efficiency and profitability.

The data comes from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

American Airlines itself actually cut 6,243 jobs during the last year to bring the company's total employment to 59,047. AMR Corp.'s regional carrier, American Eagle, actually added 1,392 positions, a near 15 percent increase in a year.

Some airlines, such as American Airlines' merger partner US Airways, have managed to add jobs. The Tempe-based carrier is added 500 employees in the last year and United Airlines, the nation's largest carrier for now, added 134 jobs between April 2012 and April 2013.

Source: (c)2013 Tulsa World (Tulsa, Okla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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