Local News


UPDATE: No mass furlough expected for employees of Southwest Airlines

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 15:41:15-05

CORRECTION: The story below, which was aired on Jan. 5, is incorrect. It was based off of a letter received by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Since then, Southwest Chariman and CEO Gary Kelly has said that no furloughs are expected thanks to the recent federal relief package. The money in the package should keep employees at work at least until March 31, 2021.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- According to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Southwest Airlines says it is furloughing 384 of its workers at McCarran Airport.

The mass furlough goes into effect in March for customer service, ramp and freight agents. Pilots and flight attendants will be furloughed in April.

Southwest says they expect the furloughs to last more than six months but it's not permanent.