Faced with skyrocketing fuel prices, Delta Air Lines has announced that it will reduce its flights in and out of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport by 23 percent. Company officials say the cutbacks will be seen more in flight frequency rather than pulling out of markets altogether. The cuts are scheduled to begin in September. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will remain the Atlanta-based carrier’s second-largest hub.
Erlanger-based Comair will cut 520 flight crew positions as part of the airline’s previously announced plans to ground 14 of its aircraft due to high fuel costs. The cuts will affect 300 pilots and 220 flight attendants. The company employs a total of approximately 6,400. Of those, some 1,470 are pilots and 940 are flight attendants.
In response to consumer demand, Toyota has adjusted its production mix at three of its U.S. plants. The Highlander model, originally scheduled to be built at the company’s plant currently under construction in Blue Springs, Miss., will now be manufactured in Princeton, Ind., beginning the fall of 2009. The Mississippi plant will handle construction of the company’s popular hybrid model, the Prius. Production of the Tundra, a full-size pick-up truck that is currently being built in Indiana and Texas, will be consolidated at the San Antonio plant beginning in the spring of 2009. Toyota has temporarily suspended production of the Tundra and its large SUV, the Sequoia, in response to the decreased demand for full-size trucks and SUVs. Production is scheduled to resume in early November. Company officials emphasized that workers at the Indiana and Texas facilities, as well as the Huntsville, Ala., plant that builds Tundra and Sequoia engines, will continue to be provided work.