More than 400 employees of Prime Flight Aviation Services will lose their jobs after the company’s contract with United Airlines at Denver International Airport ends.
Prime Flight Aviation told state labor officials Tuesday that its contract with United will end Sept. 18 and that its 439 employees have been notified that all the positions will be terminated. The company said it expects many of the workers to be hired by its successor.
Most of the employees clean the planes’ cabins. Others work in inventory and are supervisors.
United Ground Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines, will start cleaning the cabins at DIA in October, the airline said in an email. United Airlines spokeswoman Erin Benson said that current employees will have to reapply, but United Ground Express is helping them with the process.
Prime Flight Aviation’s contract was up for renewal and United Ground Express won the contract as part of the competitive bidding process, Benson said.
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