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United Airlines to close three international flight crew bases
Boeing 747-400 by United Airlines at Frankfurt Airport
Boeing 747-400 by United Airlines at Frankfurt Airport Credit: Jonekw13 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

United Airlines announced in an internal memo to crew it is closing its international bases for flight attendants in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo effective October 1.

“This was certainly a very difficult decision to make, and we recognise that closing any base places a hardship on those who live near those locations,” John Slater, United’s Senior VP for Inflight Services, said in the memo.

The only international base the company will maintain is for London’s Heathrow Airport.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Virgin Atlantic to cut over 3,000 jobs and quit Gatwick Airport operations
Virgin Atlatnic A330neo press image
Virgin Atlatnic A330neo press image Credit: Virgin Atlantic/Press Images

The British airline Virgin Atlantic plans to cut over 3,000 jobs – one third of their workforce – as the airline suffers from Covid-19 repercussions. The airline will also cease operations at Gatwick Airport and move all of its operations to London Heathrow. Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic said in a statement that "now is the time for further action to reduce our costs, preserve cash and to protect as many jobs as possible. It is crucial that we return to profitability in 2021".