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United Airlines to cut jobs at RIC

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Mar 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-14 16:49:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A national airline is laying off a batch of its Richmond employees.

Chicago-based United Airlines will cut 64 employees at Richmond International Airport effective May 17. Luke Punzenberger, a United spokesman, said the layoffs are part of the company’s efforts to cut costs that has affected about 1,150 workers.

United is laying people off at Richmond International Airport. Photo by Katie Demeria.

United is laying people off at Richmond International Airport. Photo by Katie Demeria.

“These were difficult decisions but we need to ensure our costs are competitive,” Punzenberger said.

He said United is not leaving RIC and is replacing the laid-off workers with contractors. Punzenberger could not say the name of the company United has contracted with and did not say how many employees United still has in Richmond. He said laid-off workers are given opportunities to transfer to other airports.

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