Comair becomes latest US carrier to cut jobs

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As parent company Delta Air Lines trims capacity and more than 4,000 positions through voluntary programs, its wholly-owned regional carrier Comair will lay off 520 employees starting in September.

Comair plans to cut 300 pilot and 220 flight attendant positions as it removes 14 50-seat Bombardier CRJs from its fleet, a Comair spokesman says.

Cuts will be focused on the carrier’s hubs: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and John F. Kennedy International airports.

The company currently employs about 6,300 people, says the carrier’s spokesman.

Comair in January said it would ground 14 regional jets in light of Delta’s planned capacity cuts.

Leases will expire for eight of the outgoing aircraft. Others could be sold or put back into service at a later date, a Comair spokeswoman said at the time.

The airline has 134 regional jets in its fleet, according Flight’s ACAS database. Fifty-seat Bombardier CRJ100s/200s comprise the majority of Comair’s fleet at 106 aircraft. The carrier also flies 15 CRJ700s and 13 CRJ900s.

Delta has been trimming domestic flights as it increases transatlantic service. Last month, the US major reviled plans to cut domestic capacity by 13% in the second half of this year, a 3% increase to previously announced capacity reduction plans.

The SkyTeam alliance member is also removing 15 to 20 mainline and 60 to 70 regional jet aircraft from its operation by the end of the year.