MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines is cutting jobs because of
high oil prices. The carrier says it will eliminate 2,500
management and front-line jobs. It previously announced that it
would reduce its flight schedule by about 9 percent later this
President and CEO Doug Steenland blames the cuts on fuel costs
that have more than doubled in the past year.
Northwest says it will offer voluntary departures, vowing
furloughs will be used only if it does not get enough volunteers to
reach the 2,500 jobs target.
Northwest also says it will begin charging $15 for the first
checked bag, matching a fee added by other carriers this year. And
the airline says it will begin charging a fee for frequent-flier
award tickets - from $25 for domestic tickets to $100 for flights