United Airlines could outsource up to 2,000 airport jobs


CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country — including Miami International Airport — and hiring a contractor to do the work.

The airline needs to make sure its costs are competitive, and so it is considering outsourcing jobs of some bag handlers and customer-service agents, United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said.

Employees were notified of the potential cuts on Monday, Punzenberger said. He said United was discussing the matter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the affected workers.

United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $1.12 billion in the first nine months of 2014, eclipsing the $571 million it made in all of 2013.

United has roughly 150 employees working in Fort Lauderdale and 130 in Miami. In November, United flights made up about 6.5 percent of all traffic at the Broward airport and a little more than 2 percent of traffic in Miami.