United Airlines has announced it will lay off 1,500 employees, including 400 in its business operations division.
The airline said the cuts, which affect all of its corporate units, will affect its global workforce and the thousands of employees it employs globally.
United announced the layoffs last week in a notice to employees, with the airline announcing that the cutbacks will affect those with at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, law, and economics.
United announced the reductions in an email to employees on Tuesday, with senior executives telling them that the cuts were the result of a series of challenges in the airline’s business.
United also announced it would be laying off 1.2 million employees globally over the next two years, the largest such move in the U.S. airline industry.
“The job cuts are part of an ongoing effort to transform United into a more diverse, globally competitive airline, one that better serves its customers, our communities, and its members,” the airline said in a statement.
Earlier this month, United announced that it was laying off 400 workers in its headquarters, with Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy saying that the layoffs were necessary because of “global shifts in technology, customer expectations, and the need for new technology and capabilities.”
United Airlines’ shares fell nearly 2% to $28.60 in after-hours trading on Tuesday.
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United Airlines is the fourth airline to announce layoffs in recent weeks.
On Tuesday, United Airlines said it was cutting 1,400 employees at its corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.