SkyWest to layoff 30 at McGhee Tyson Airport

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- SkyWest Airlines will lay off all 30 of its employees that work at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Those workers handle the ground operations, gates, and baggage for United Express flights, according to SkyWest spokesperson Marissa Snow.

SkyWest will continue it's United Express flights to United hubs in Denver and Chicago. Snow says it's unclear who will handle the gate and baggage operations, but that decision will be made by United.

Snow says the employees are actually being furloughed. SkyWest will offer many of the employees transfers to other SkyWest Operations. Those that don't accept transfers can return to SkyWest within three years as part of the furlough program.

A release from the state of Tennessee says the layoffs will begin in June of 2008, and be finished by the end of that month.

SkyWest began handling ground operations at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson in February 2003. Flights began in June of 2007.

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