Delta to lay off 100-plus workers at CVG

Posted at 3:19 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 22:08:59-05

HEBRON, Ky. — More than 100 Delta employees at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport are set to lose their jobs, and nearly 200 more will see their work hours reduced, according to a memo from a Delta executive.

In the memo, Senior Vice President Bill Lentsch said, “While there are no current changes to the CVG flight schedule, these staffing changes are necessary,” citing overstaffing at CVG since 2010. The memo said the overstaffing was a result of "several rounds of hub restructuring" at the airport.

Calling it a "difficult decision," Lentsch said 120 jobs will be terminated, and another 185 positions will see a reduction in hours as a result of the changes.

Lentsch said executives had hoped a “right-sizing” in staffing levels would have occurred through attrition, but that has not occurred, he said.

Eligible employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to different Delta stations across the country where there is need, the memo said. Lentsch said Delta's largest hub in Atlanta is also "slightly above headcount," and thus will not be open to transfers.

Stations accepting transfers include: LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Detroit Metro Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Relocation, severance or retirement benefits will also be available for eligible employees.

"Delta has a long-standing history of taking care of its people, especially through tough circumstances," Lentsch said in the memo. "You have my continued, full support through this transition process."

The staffing changes will take effect May 1.

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