Airlines are planning to make big changes in 2018, and both of the largest carriers have announced plans to trim or eliminate some jobs.
Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will cut its workforce by 11 percent, while Southwest Airlines will eliminate 11,000 jobs.
Both carriers have been struggling with weak customer service in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.
On Wednesday, Alaska CEO Doug McMillon said the airline’s bottom line is already in jeopardy because of the violence in the region.
“We are in a tough spot because we have been hit hard by a lot of bad news,” McMillon told CNBC.
“We’re going to be very hard-pressed to continue to meet the growing demand in the marketplace.
It’s going to make it hard for us to meet our obligations.”
On Thursday, Southwest Airlines CEO Kevin White told the Associated Press that the company would be shedding 3,500 jobs over the next two years.
He said the company will look at options to trim some jobs, but not all.
White said that while the company has been in “constant communication” with the U.S. government, the company does not believe it has been fully forthcoming about any plans to cut jobs.
“I would be very surprised if there’s no changes,” White said.
“I don’t think there’s a change.”
White said the Southwest CEO is in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board about the shooting, and he said he has received “a lot of information from them” on how the situation is developing.
White said the board has not yet given them a final determination on whether to reopen an investigation into the shooting.
White also said that Southwest’s board is reviewing its policies on what it says is its obligation to notify passengers if a crew member dies on the job.
“There is no policy or requirement that says we have to notify anybody, or that we have any kind of obligation to do that,” White told CNBC on Wednesday.
“If somebody gets killed on the flight, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
“We’re very focused on our employees, and that’s really what our focus is on,” White added.
White has previously said that the airline has lost more than 1,000 workers in the past year.
The airline said in January that it would slash 5,000 positions over the course of the year.