Regionals Slash Payrolls

 - July 30, 2008, 6:19 AM

Regional carriers Comair, Republic and Trans States last month announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs. Some of the biggest cuts will come from Cincinnati-based Comair, which expects to cut 300 pilot jobs and 220 flight attendant positions as the airline moves forward with plans to remove 15 percent of its flying capacity starting next month. Meanwhile, Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines said it plans to slash its 5,000-strong workforce by 10 percent over the next several months and Trans States Airlines plans to furlough another 58 pilots by the end of this month. The cuts follow the June furlough of 45 pilots at the St. Louis-based airline.