Bangor International Airport announces layoffs for more workers

7:14 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- More job cuts have been announced at Bangor International Airport.

Last week directors there revealed they would have to lay off 15 part time workers. On Thursday, ten more full time workers were added to that mix.

Airport officials say the layoffs are necessary because of the decline in military flights through Bangor. Last year B.I.A. saw a 55 percent decrease in international flights carrying troops to and from the U.S. That's mainly because of the draw down in troops from the middle east over the years.

Airport directors say those flights were a big part of the airport's business, and less flights now means that the airport has to work with fewer staff.

"There were other..certainly other forces beyond our control," said airport director Tony Caruso, "such as the economic crisis worldwide...the volatile fuel market..certainly some of the airline mergers and the airline bankruptcies...but the main driver was the military traffic reduction."

While some of the layoffs will take affect immediately, unionized workers at the airport are getting a two week notice and severance. Officials say some of the affected workers have accepted on-call positions with B.I.A.

Directors say while they expect the decline in military flights to continue they are working on other ways to keep activity up at the airport.

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