United Informs Employees of 430 Layoffs at Hopkins Airport

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CLEVELAND– Hopkins International Airport said United Airlines informed the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Airport System on Monday that they have formally notified their employees of future operational and staffing needs when it comes to reductions in service at the airport.

United Airlines said 430 airport operation employees will be laid off.

The airline said they are hoping the employees will find opportunities at other airports, get early retirement or find something through job fairs.

They said they will assist employees through this transition.

According to Hopkins, United also announced they will be consolidating all flight operations into Concourse C and will no longer operate flights out of Concourse D as of June 5.

United said it will honor the existing lease agreement at Hopkins. The airline said the end result is to keep the main line flights but reduce regional departures significantly; at the end, United will have 20% more departures out of Hopkins than the next largest non-hub airport.

The following is a statement from Airport Director Ricky Smith:

The airport management team will continue working with United and AIRMALL to determine the impact this will have on the airport.

Furthermore, in the coming weeks, we will develop strategies to mitigate the impact on our existing airline partners and concessionaires.

Over the next few months, airport management will review the airport facility to develop a plan for optimal utilization and customer service.

The City’s Workforce Development Office continues to collaborate with United to provide transitional employment services to employees affected by United’s staffing reductions.”

In February, United announced it was pulling its hub, eliminating 60 percent of its flights out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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