Hawaiian Airlines begins massive layoffs, cutting staff by nearly one third

Ella Castle

National/World Click here for updates on this story     Hawaii (KITV) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect businesses around the state, one airline has announced they will be reducing their staff by about one third. Thursday, Hawaiian Airlines began laying off 2,501 people from their current total of 7,447 […]

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    Hawaii (KITV) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect businesses around the state, one airline has announced they will be reducing their staff by about one third.

Thursday, Hawaiian Airlines began laying off 2,501 people from their current total of 7,447 employees.

Union workers affected by the layoffs come from the following locations:

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Hilo Airport
Kahului Airport
Kailua-Kona Airport
Lihue Airport
Corporate Headquarters in Honolulu

Hawaiian Airlines says air travel is down by more than 90% compared to last year, and that even as the state plans to begin pre-travel testing options to avoid quarantine, it is still necessary to cut their workforce and labor expenses.

“We continue to advocate for a clean six-month PSP extension to give passenger demand an opportunity to recover from historic lows and ensure our employees remain prepared to increase our operations to support an economic recovery,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

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