No Delta flight attendants will be furloughed, but pilots still face layoffs

No Delta flight attendants or ground-based frontline workers will be furloughed when payroll support protection funds expire at the end of this month, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a company-wide memo Tuesday.

In the memo, he said their jobs were saved by employees who took early retirement and other voluntary leave packages. 

“We had an enormous response to the enhanced early retirement and departure packages that were offered this summer, with 20% of our people choosing voluntary exits,” Bastian said. “While it is difficult to see so many of our colleagues leave, every one of those departures helped save Delta jobs.”

However, Bastian cautioned, “We still expect an overage of pilots as of Oct. 1.” 

Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant told USA TODAY that 1,921 pilots are facing potential layoffs.

But Bastian remained optimistic about the pilots’ situation, writing: “There still is time to mitigate this potential furlough and discussions are ongoing with the pilots’ union as we continue to look for ways to cost-effectively reduce or eliminate this number.”

The Air Line Pilots Association, the union that represents Delta’s pilots, did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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