Milwaukee area loses 446 Frontier Airlines jobs
MILWAUKEE- Frontier Airlines will cut 446 Milwaukee area employees as part of a major service reduction in Milwaukee, according to a statement issued by Republic Airways.
230 of the 446 workers will be reassigned to bases outside Milwaukee.
Frontier plans to make the job cuts in April, according to a filing Monday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The president of the local pilots union told TODAY'S TMJ4, "We think it's tragic but not surprising. This management group has been very long on talk and short on a business plan to make it competitive. They squandered an opportunity."
Denver-based Frontier has about 1,000 employees based in Milwaukee.
The Journal Sentinel reports many of the flight crews don't live in the Milwaukee area. But other employees live in southeastern Wisconsin, including maintenance workers, gate agents and baggage handlers.
The news comes just four days after Frontier announced it will eliminate five nonstop routes from Milwaukee. Those cuts will reduce daily departures out of Mitchell International from 32 to 18.
The following is a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett regarding the permanent workforce reduction announced today by Frontier Airlines:
"The loss of 500 jobs is a setback for the region. My hope is that other airlines will step in and fill the void in this critically important market."