Monday, December 19, 2011

Pinnacle Airlines to furlough 154 workers in Memphis because of Delta service cuts

MEMPHIS — Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is laying off 154 employees at Memphis International Airport Jan. 4.

The company announced the layoffs Monday, attributing the move to Delta Air Lines cutbacks. Pinnacle employees handle baggage for Delta and other carriers at the airport.

Delta and regional partners will scale back to fewer than 150 daily flights next month, compared with 238 flights three years ago, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Pinnacle now has 560 employees at the airport in the unit affected.

Workers being idled include 18 full-time and 136 part-time employees, including seven managers.

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