Earlier today, American announced their plans to eliminate 1,200 non unionized jobs to “to achieve the necessary financial savings by implementing sustainable, structural changes that will position our airline to compete and win. Like other workgroups, the ARP workgroup has been tasked with reducing annual employee costs by 20 percent, or $95 million.“
That 1,200 people will loose their jobs is obviously more important, but also announced as part of AA’s plans, the closure of five Admirals Club lounges:
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Santa Domingo (SDQ) and Panama City (PTY) was based on a comprehensive analysis of American’s current Admirals Club network relative to our future lounge strategy, competitive positioning, facility investments, long-term and operating costs.
IAD, MCI and SDQ Clubs will close effective end of business July 31, 2012. The Panama City (PTY) Club will close end of business June 30, 2012
We expect no reduction in force for Premium Services beyond the impact of the Club closure. All current Premium Services employees will have a position and – in some cases – be eligible for new positions with the new tier system.
The Admirals Club website has been updated with the information. After the closures, American will have 38 Admirals Club facilities around the world.