Midwest Airlines reduces workforce by 40 percent

Midwest Airlines will reduce its workforce by 1,200 employees as the airline struggles to survive amid record fuel prices.

Midwest, the second busiest carrier at Kansas City International Airport, said the affected employees will represent about 40 percent of its total employment at Midwest and its regional subsidiary, Skyway Airlines.

Midwest said most of the staff cuts are related to the airline's decision last month to retire 12 of its older, less fuel-efficient planes, about one-third of its fleet. The planes will be taken out of service in the fall following the summer travel season.

Midwest said 100 of its 175 workers in Kansas City will be laid off. It had had about 200 employees here but, like other airlines, has been cutting back in recent months to cope with soaring fuel costs.

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