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3,600 Workers at Dulles and Reagan Airports Could be Furloughed

More than 3,150 United Airline employees at Dulles International Airport and Reagan-National Airport are at risk of losing their jobs if the airline’s reduction plan is fully implemented. United announced last week that as many as 36,000 of its employees could be involuntarily furloughed beginning October 1.
The potential Northern Virginia furloughs represent about 8 percent of United’s reduction plan.

United Airlines is the largest carrier at Dulles handling 65 percent of the 24.6 million passengers who used the airport last year. But the aviation industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, United serviced just 4 percent of the customers at Dulles and Reagan as it did in April 2019, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

In a letter to employees, United said, “It’s increasingly likely that travel demand will not return to normal until there is a widely available treatment or a vaccine.”
In a related move, Swissport Cargo Services, which provides ground services to air carriers, also gave notice that it would furlough almost 500 employees at Reagan and Dulles airports.