Fewer MSP Flights Leads to Non-Airline Layoffs

Everyone who follows the airline industry knows that there’s a lot more to an airline flight than the pilots and cabin crew. The COVID19 pandemic which has caused a dramatic reduction in the number of airline passengers and correspondingly, to flights offered, has also had a devastating effect on employment throughout the hospitality industry.

LSG Sky Chefs servicing Delta Air Lines. (photo courtesy of The Points Guy)

Already, tens of thousands of airline employees have taken a voluntary leave of absence or have been furloughed. Additionally, countless thousands who work at restaurants and shops in the airport, as well as car rental and hotel employees have lost their jobs, at least temporarily and perhaps for the long term.

A prime example of what is happening around the world is the announcement by airline catering company LSG Sky Chefs that it will be permanently laying off 278 employees from its Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport location. The company advised the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development of the anticipated staff reductions in a July 31 letter. Fewer passengers leads to fewer flights, and fewer flights obviously means far less airline catering needed, especially with most carriers offering limited inflight service. Sky Chefs services Delta Air Lines and other carriers at MSP.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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