Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Airline cutting 161 jobs in Columbus amid bankruptcy reorganization

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

An airline that flies regional routes for larger carriers is eliminating 161 jobs in Columbus as it works through a bankruptcy reorganization.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. will permanently close its C-Check maintenance hangar at Port Columbus International Airport, the Indianapolis-based company said in a required disclosure to the state.

The closure and cuts will begin June 20, or within the two weeks following, Republic noted in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter. All affected employees will be paid through August 2.

Republic said some employees have bumping rights within the Port Columbus International Airport hangar facility, and that all have been offered transfer opportunities.

The company’s director of employee relations did not respond to a request for comment.

Republic, which operates smaller jets on behalf of American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, due in part to a lack of pilots.

Republic reportedly handles nearly one-third of all flights at Port Columbus. It's unclear whether closure of the maintenance facility at 4330 E. Fifth Ave. will impact flight operations.

Representatives of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Port Columbus, were not available for comment.

Original article can be found here: http://www.bizjournals.com

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