US Airways cutting 1,000 jobs

Struggling US Airways said on Wednesday it will cut some 1,000 jobs next year, shift nearly all of its flying to its three hubs and Washington, and suspend several international routes.

The airline is eliminating its route between Wichita and Phoenix, which The Eagle reported last month.

It's a major retrenchment, and chairman and CEO Doug Parker said he hopes it gets the airline making money again.

US Airways Group said the job cuts will happen in the first half 2010 and will include 600 passenger and ramp service workers, 200 pilots, and about 150 flight attendants. The airline will close crew bases in Las Vegas and at LaGuardia airport in New York on Jan. 31, and in Boston on May 2.

It's also scaling back international flying. It is suspending flying between Philadelphia and London Gatwick; Birmingham, England; Milan, Italy; Shannon, Ireland; and Stockholm. US Airways is also formally giving up its government permission to fly between Philadelphia and Beijing, which it had never used.

In addition to Wichita, the carrier will drop flying in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is trimming Las Vegas flights from 64 departures per day to 36.

Once the changes are made, US Airways Group will do 99 percent of its flying through three hubs in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, N.C., as well as Washington, up from 93 percent now.