Northwest cuts flights 12% and 4900 jobs

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Jan 20, 2003
Northwest Airlines said Friday that it will slash 4,900 jobs and cut its flight schedule by 12 percent as the financially ailing carrier faces reduced passenger demand due to the war in Iraq.

Friday''s announcement means Northwest has evoked the force majeure clause in its labor contracts, meaning an uncontrollable event such as a war -- releases parties from contractural obligations.

The cuts include 2,000 mechanics, 1,400 flight attendants, 630 baggage handlers and customer service agents, 250 pilots, 125 cleaners, 300 management and 150 clerical positions, and 40 stock clerks, said Paul Volker, legislative officer for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 33.

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