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Hudson News laying off workers at MSP Airport

It's the latest round of layoffs affecting airport employees due to declining air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another company that employs people at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has said it will permanently lay off workers due to declining air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hudson Group, which operates Hudson News locations at airports across the country and at MSP Airport, informed the state of Minnesota via WARN letter, as is required by law, that it will permanently lay off roughly 61 workers from its facilities at the airport.

Hudson said in the letter the pandemic makes "continuing operations as is unsustainable, and has caused business needs and circumstances to change in ways that were not reasonably foreseeable as recently as just several days ago," noting there was hope when air travel increased earlier this summer, but things have changed now with coronavirus cases increasing again across the country. 

"We have no choice but to confront the new and now inescapable reality that the current situation requires the company to make fundamental changes by reducing the size of our workforce to adapt to the environment that we could never have foreseen," the letter states. "It is our expectation that this workforce reduction will allow the company to sustain its operations as we do expect the virus to abate eventually due to the increased restrictions and mitigation measures, which, in turn, will result in the increase of travel and business."

Employees had initially been temporarily furloughed as the company believed the pandemic and subsequent decline in air travel would only impact business for a limited time. Hudson first permanently laid off 26 people on July 31, then laid off an additional 31 people on Aug. 31. It will lay off four more people on Oct. 1, the date the employees' furlough exceeds six months.  

Those who have been laid off include service associates, warehouse associates, beauty advisers and drivers. 

These mark the latest layoffs at the airport amid the pandemic. Last week, HMSHost told the state it would be laying off 404 employees and in July Aero Service Group (ASG), based in St. Louis Park, informed the state that it would have to layoff up to 92 people due to the pandemic and a decline in air traffic. 

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