ATA is Not Leaving, United Takes Back Attendants
By Rachelle Bowden in News on Aug 31, 2004 3:14PM
So.. like 2 minutes after we talked about ATA selling off its assets at Midway last week, they were denying
that they want to pull out of the aiport and airing ads saying that American Trans Air "absolutely" isn't leaving Chicago. Uh, ok, ATA.. we believe you. Btw, if we hear that song in their ads one more time we might slit our wrists.. "I'm gonna go easy, go ATAaaa, I'm gonna go eeeasy, go ATA." AHHHHHHHHH!
Experts say that if ATA's financial situation gets worse (could it?!) that they'd probably sell all of its airport slots to another carrier and then lease back only what they really need.
In other airline news, United is telling 375 of its airline attendants who are voluntary leave that they have to come back. In October they'll be taking back 175 and in November, 200 more. United says because they've had more full flights and more international flights there is a need for more flight attendants. At the start of the year, United had 5,100 of its 15,000+ attendants on voluntary furlough.