Airline job cuts affect Colorado Springs

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US Airways is cutting 600 ground jobs this fall as it continues to struggle with the slow economy – and some of those losses will impact Colorado Springs this fall.

The airline said yesterday that the biggest cut will be the elimination of 340 customer service positions.

Those agents will lose their jobs on Sept. 14, but none of those employees are hubbed in the Pikes Peak region.

Other layoffs will come from closing the US Airways Club in Las Vegas and staff reductions its club in Phoenix.

In this case, the local staff will be affected, however as the company swaps its in-house ramp service workers for outside contractors. Nine airports throughout the country will see those changes, primarily at destinations served by US Airways Express regional jets, take place around Oct. 5.

Colorado Springs Airport Aviation Director Mark Earle confirmed that the local US Airways operation will cut several ramp jobs, but will maintain its current management and ticketing staff.

“They will simply contract out those jobs. Otherwise, it’s business as usual,” he said.

Other airports that will see layoffs are Austin and El Paso, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Burbank and Long Beach, Calif.; Wichita, Kan.; Milwaukee; and Omaha, Neb.