American Airlines axes Delhi and Burbank routes, 150 jobs cuts


American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said it will lay off about 150 workers and stop flying to New Delhi and Burbank, Calif., to help cut costs.

American, whose parent filed for bankruptcy protection just after the travel-heavy Thanksgiving weekend, said it decided to shed about 45 full-time mechanic positions and about 105 fleet service clerk positions in response to events that happened before its Chapter 11 filing, including the loss of a U.S. Postal Service mail contract, the closing of a refurbishment shop in St. Louis and an October decision to trim the airline's winter schedule.

High fuel prices and a challenging global economic climate also prompted the company to cut its Chicago-to-New Delhi service effective March 1, pulling the airline out of that market. The airline said it will instead offer U.S. service to India through its oneworld partners.

Service from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Burbank, Calif., will stop Feb. 9, ending the carrier's service to the Los Angeles-area airport. American will continue to fly to the nearby Los Angeles International Airport.

American said it will continue to evaluate its operations to streamline its network and didn't rule out further service cuts.

Source: WSJ