Southwest Airlines Cutting Jobs in Amarillo

- AMARILLO -- Southwest Airlines is cutting jobs at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

    So far, only three jobs have been affected but more could be coming.

    You may remember earlier this year, Southwest cut both Denver flights out of Amarillo then cut one of the Dallas non-stops.

    Fewer flights means fewer employees.

    A representative of the Transport Workers Union confirms three ground positions will be cut in Amarillo.

    Two ramp and one operations position.

    The union says the company is offering all affected employees a choice between relocation, furlough our leaving the company altogether.

    Representatives of the union were in Amarillo Tuesday to inform the workers impacted by Southwest's decision.

    They said that Amarillo was, one of the reason they were losing flights, they would no longer have those through passengers that would be flying out of Dallas or into Dallas with a stop in Amarillo due to the Wright amendment restrictions."  said Charles Cerf, President of TWU local 555.

    Cerf says these are the only cuts he's aware of because if affects his members.

    He says other positions at the airport, not affiliated with his union, very well could be affected.

    A Southwest Airlines spokesman did not mention any other positions being eliminated.  He would only confirm less than five positions are being cut.

    Cerf says 20 of his members are losing their jobs at six airports in all.

    Besides Amarillo, Southwest is cutting jobs in San Antonio, Albuquerque, Little Rock, Harlingen, and El Paso.

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