Comair to shut down operations

Delta airlines has just announced that Comair will stop operations after September 29, 2012.

The president of Comair, Ryan Gumm, told employees about the decision in a memo Friday morning.

Delta says there are no plans to reduce the number of flights at the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport as a result of this decision.

Governor Steve Beshear released the following statement:

“Today’s news of Comair’s layoffs is terribly disappointing. The loss of Comair jobs will have a significant impact on families in northern Kentucky, and we are ready to assist those affected workers in any way to help them transition into new jobs.

I was notified of the announcement while in Germany, working to bring new economic development projects back to Kentucky. We have a strong interest in the economic strength of northern Kentucky – in fact, Lt. Gov. Abramson was just in the area this week, meeting with local business leaders. We have worked very hard with our partners at CVG and Northern Kentucky to maintain a strong airport for that region, because we understand that a strong logistics infrastructure helps grow economic development.

While we are pleased that Delta will maintain a similar number of flights at CVG, the Comair announcement will impact that region of our state. We will continue our aggressive efforts to create and maintain jobs in that area and throughout the Commonwealth.”

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