No American Airlines employees work at JIA, so no layoffs here
American Airlines flights and American Eagle flights out of Jax are expected to remain same. In fact, one more American Eagle flight to Miami will be added in November.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Future layoffs at American Airlines will have no effect in Jacksonville, according to company officials.
American Airlines sent 11,000 layoff warning notices to employees, though American Airlines said the job losses will be closer to 4,400. One thousand of those layoffs will occur in the state of Florida.
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11,000 notices were sent because federal law requires the company to notify anyone whose position could change if they are bumped by a more senior employee whose job is eliminated.
Mechanics and ground workers got the notices.
Kerry Luthen of Jacksonville is a frequent American Airlines flyer and is worried about the layoffs at her favorite airline.
"It is a little stressful, and concerning considering that we also have our credit card through them and have our miles through them," said Luthen. "So we'd really prefer that everybody keep their jobs, and keep on with the long process of us being able to travel."
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Shirley Wedemeier flew in from Chicago with several friends for a visit to Sea Island, Georgia.
"It's unfortunate and I love American," said Wedemeier. "I have flown them for 15-20 years now, am a gold club member and a frequent flyer. I wish that any problems would be resolved quickly."
The future layoffs will have little effect in Jacksonville, according to American Airlines spokeswoman Martha Pantin. 45 employees at Jacksonville International Airport all work for American Eagle, a subsidiary of AMR Corporation, which owns American Airlines. None of the workers have received any WARN notices because none of them are American Airlines employees.
American Airlines has 4 outbound flights to Chicago every day and that is not expected to change. American Eagle meanwhile has four outbound flights to Dallas and to Miami each day, two to Chicago.
Lead agent Eduardo Nieves says American Eagle is adding another flight to Miami in November so American Eagle's service is set to expand in Jacksonville.
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