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Jobs at MSP could be axed as part of Delta's planned layoff program

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Delta staff at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport may not be immune from job cuts the airline is expected to make among 10,000 behind-the-scenes workers.

Even though the company only recently announced salary increases of 14.5 percent for flight attendants and ground crew workers after posting bumper profits, Bloomberg News reported last week that the carrier is looking to slim down its staff levels to "boost productivity."

The axe is expected to fall on 10,000 or so management and other salaried employees, including in human resources and communications, based at its head office in Atlanta and at satellite offices around the world.

And with Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport being Delta's second-largest hub, the Business Journal reports the airline is not ruling out the possibility of layoffs in the Twin Cities.

"We must continue to look for ways to improve productivity and stay nimble particularly given that revenue has declined this year," Delta spokeswoman Ashley Black told the website.

"Over the course of the next few months, Delta will reduce some salaried positions while continuing to hire flight attendants, pilots, reservations specialists and other front-line employees," she added.

According to WSB Radio, analysts predict that Delta's 3rd quarter profits will hit record levels, potentially topping $1.3 billion.

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