For Frontier Airlines employees, and to a lesser part their customers, today is a day they will never forget.
Though it has not yet been announced to the public, Frontier employees were notified today of a drastic reduction in the workforce, and the introduction of mass-outsourcing for all stations. Below are the changes that are coming to what used to be a great carrier, and one of my favorite airlines.
- All stations, with the exception of Denver, will see their above and below wing employees outsourced.
- General Manager's at all stations, with the exception of Denver, are being fired.
- Frontier and Republic are working with the outsourcing company to take on current Frontier employees.
- Denver is still under review for the possibility of being outsourced.
- Republic Finance was behind this decision
At the current time, 60% of Frontier's stations utilize outsourced staff, either for 100% of their operations, or just for the ramp. And while this may make sense to those that run the numbers side of the business, this will likely be a huge blow to employee morale. Many employees are no doubt asking themselves "what next"?
Update: Though no official statement had been posted at the time of this post, the story has hit news sites across the country. Frontier Airlines has told the Denver Post that "We need to take every reasonable measure to ensure the future stability and viability of our company and to keep our costs low for our customers."
Frontier has also been addressing the matter via their Facebook wall, though only if customers posted about it. Most of the reponses have been similar to this: "Our change will allow us to continue to provide service to smaller markets where we don't have a large presence. The decision was difficult, but necessary."
Stay tuned for an official statement from Frontier, as well as any remarks from their CEO, David Siegel.