Alaska Airlines tells workers it may need to operate with 3,000 fewer people in 2021

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 13:01:23-04

Alaska Air Group President Ben Minicucci told the airline's workers Thursday the company may have to operate with 3,000 fewer workers in 2021 because of reduced passenger demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cautioning that they remain "working assumptions that may change," Minicucci delivered the news of a 13% workforce reduction in a video webcast to the airline's 22,000 workers, saying the SeaTac-based airline "must adjust the size of the company to match demand."

"At the lowest point this year (March) we carried less than 5,000 guests per day on our planes.

Yesterday, we greeted 22,000. While an improvement, that is still 85% below the same time last year," Minicucci said.

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