INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis-based Republic Airways announced plans to furlough nearly 300 employees.
The airline notified the Department of Workforce Development of the furloughs on Thursday, July 30, citing "unprecedented times in the airline industry" as a reason for the furloughs.
Included in the furloughs are 132 pilots and 96 flight attendants based at Indianapolis International Airport, 40 employees at the company's headquarters on the northwest side of Indianapolis, 24 workers, including mechanics, mechanic trainees and material specialists at Republic's maintenance facility and a worker at the company's training facility.
The involuntary furloughs will begin for some employees on Oct. 1 and on Nov. 1 for others. The company expects the furloughs to be temporary for the pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and those at the maintenance facility, but said they may be permanent for the other employees affected.
Republic said the company is working on engaging in measures that would reduce the number of furloughs necessary.