Coronavirus: What’s Next for Ohio? PSA Airlines to cut more than 200 jobs, including pilots

VANDALIA — PSA Airlines will cut its workforce at Dayton International Airport by 229 in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, an official with the airline said in a filing through the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act.

Workers affected include 131 pilots, 13 flight dispatchers and 57 flight attendants, Margaret Soda, PSA Airlines vice president of human resources and human relations, said in a letter dated July 17 to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, which oversees WARN notices.

The cuts will occur Oct. 1 or within 14 days of that date, Soda said in the filing.

“At this time, it is our sincere hope that the furloughs and layoffs experienced by the employees covered by this Notice will only be temporary. However, due to the unique and unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we cannot presently predict or guarantee a timeline for the recall of any employee impacted by this reduction, assuming we are in a position to recall employees in the future,” Soda said in the filing.

PSA has 1,200 workers in Dayton, which is the airline’s second largest operation behind Charlotte (1,600 workers).

The airline has crews and or maintenance facilities in nearly a dozen cities in the eastern United States.

PSA officials notified states that the carrier could cut 1,000 of its 5,000 total employees.