Mesaba Closure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mesaba Aviation says it will furlough about 50 pilots and close two flight-crew bases between now and the end of the year.

The moves are due to an unexpected drop in passengers and lower aircraft usage.

Mesaba is the parent of a commuter airline that operates as a Northwest Airlink partner of Northwest Airlines. Mesaba says it will furlough the pilots before January and close its Wisconsin bases in Wausau and Rhinelander by Dec. 31.

The Minneapolis-based company blames poor passenger demand after Sept. 11.

The cost-cutting measures come on the heels of similar actions by many of Mesaba's larger competitors, including AMR Corporation and Continental Airlines.

Earlier this month, Mesaba reported traffic fell 12.1 percent for the first seven months of 2002.

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