Air Jamaica to Lay Off 40 of Its 220 Pilots

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Air Jamaica will lay off 40 of its 220 pilots over the next two months as part of the airline's restructuring program, officials said Tuesday.

Air Jamaica recently cut several of its routes including Manchester, England; Antigua; Houston, Texas and London to Havana, decreasing the need for pilots, said Vin Lawrence, the company's chairman.

The pilots who will be laid off are 23 staff members and 17 contracted workers, Lawrence said.

In January, shortly after the government assumed majority shares in Air Jamaica, Lawrence said that 200 employees would be laid off as the airline sought to cut costs. Since then, 100 flight attendants have been laid off.