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American Airlines said Tuesday that it will eliminate 19,000 employees by Oct. 1 as it works to recover from the sharp downturn in travel created by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Flight attendants will face the greatest number of cuts with the airline cutting some 8,100 positions, American said in a regulatory filing. About 1,600 pilots will lose their jobs.
Cuts will not be equal across the board, according to the filing. For instance, "since international flying is being reduced more than domestic service, groups that are staffed more heavily toward international service may see a larger impact," the airline said in the filing.
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The latest furloughs and management layoffs announced Tuesday are in addition to 23,500 employees who accepted buyouts, retired early or took long-term leaves of absence earlier this year.