American Airlines considers job cuts in Columbus

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Airlines is considering eliminating hundreds of jobs at airports in five U.S. cities, including Columbus, Ohio, as the airline continues to cut back on flights.

American sent notices to 353 workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport warning of possible layoffs by November. More than 100 of the notices went to employees in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Columbus.

American spokeswoman Tami McLallen says the letters were sent to gate and ticket agents, ramp workers, automotive mechanics and airport-based management and support staff.

American vice president Mark Burdette said last week that the airline is reducing flights because of high oil prices and the softening economy.

Source: Associated Press