Comair says it will downsize fleet, staff

CINCINNATI (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary Comair says it will reduce itsfleet by more than half and cut staffing over the next two years tobecome more competitive.

Comair President John Bendoraitis said in a memo to employeesWednesday that the Erlanger, Ky.-based regional airline willaccelerate the reduction of its aging, less-efficient 50-seat jetswhile retaining its larger 65-seat and 76-seat jets.

Bendoraitis says the airline, which currently has 97 planes,plans to become a 44-aircraft operation by the end of 2012 and willreduce staff accordingly.

He didn't specify how many jobs would be cut.

Comair has about 2,500 employees and operates more than 400flights a day to about 70 cities in the United States, Canada andthe Bahamas.

Comair Air Line Pilot Association made the following statementabout the upcoming downsizing: “ALPA’s responsibilityand commitment to the Comair pilots has not wavered. Our focusremains on protecting our contract, our company and our jobs.During the coming months, we will fully devote our attention tothis restructuring, its planned implementation, and its effects onall Comair pilots.”

To read the memo from Comair to their employees about thedownsizing, click here.

To read CVG's response to the cuts, click here.