Former airline executive talks about Frontier cuts at Mitchell International
Matt Montgomery & Erik Bilstad
MILWAUKEE- A former Midwest Airlines executive is speaking out about Frontier Airlines' decision to cut most of its routes in and out of Milwaukee.
Retired Midwest Sr. V.P -Corporate Affair Carol Skornicka says its tough for a city like Milwaukee to lose a hub airline, "I think it's a significant loss for Milwaukee," said Skornicka. "A community that has a hub airline is more effective at attracting business for economic development."
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Erik Bilstad asked if Milwaukee could become a hub again?
"I really don't know, I think that we've certainly given it a good run," said Skornicka.
Frontier Airlines plans to cut 446 Milwaukee area employees as part of a major service reduction, according to a statement issued by Republic Airways.
Many of these workers, 230 of them, will be relocated. Others will be shown the door for good. TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke to quite a few of them Tuesday. They didn't want to go on camera for fear of retaliation, but they say they're concerned about the road ahead.
Frontier Airlines maintains the number of jobs cut is around 165 and 180 after moving jobs and titles around to different functions and different cities. Frontier's parent company, Republic Airways Holdings, is looking for a buyer for the fledgling airline.