So I watched the video. The caption under the segment featuring the person who said "every international route we cut eliminates 1,500 jobs" says 'Jim Burnley' .
Is that wrong then? Is it really Ed Bastian?
And frankly, it's a propaganda video directed against the ME3. As none of the ME3 fly on routes between UK regional airports and the USA, it isn't that relevant to this thread.
Nor are/were routes between the US and UK regional airports focussed on connecting traffic in the UK to destinations served by the ME3 which they could abstract, in fact they aren't focussed on connecting traffic of any kind at the UK end. UA routes its connecting traffic through multiple Star Alliance hubs in mainland Europe, DL routes its connecting traffic through AMS and CDG. That's the way their joint ventures are structured. AA does route huge amounts of connecting traffic through LHR, but its UK regional airport flights don't connect to anywhere in particular because BA doesn't hub at those airports it serves, apart from LHR.
Delta transferred its flights out of MAN to VS (which it owns 49% of and is in a JV with). The DL planes weren't scrapped, they now use them on other routes, so they still provide employment for US based pilots, flight attendants, ramp workers, agents of various sorts, maintenance crews etc. The only people who actually lost out were UK-based workers, unless they now do the same jobs for VS. The flights themselves still exist for VS, so people are employed in the US as agents, ramp workers, fuellers, cleaners etc to service the flights.
Now the UA situation is different. They too have something else they believe they can use the planes for more profitably (or even not at a loss), so US-based jobs won't be lost at all. The jobs at the UK airports will disappear or become seasonal. But an airline with just one narrowbody flight a day into a station doesn't directly employ many people there, indeed maybe nobody at all. Staffing is mostly or entirely by handling agents, and as soon as the UA flight leaves, they go off and deal with a flight for a different airline. So how many people end up jobless as a result of the service reductions is hard to say. Not 1500 per flight, that's for sure.
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