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New Island Air owner indicates layoffs likely

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2013

Island Air’s pending sale to an undisclosed buyer likely will result in layoffs.

The regional carrier said in a letter to employees dated Thursday that “the potential acquirer has indicated it expects Island Air will engage in a right sizing of the Island Air workforce as it transitions to new ownership.”

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released the letter Monday in which the company’s 245 employees were given 60 days notice under the Hawaii Dislocated Workers Act that their employment may end on March 11 or later. There was no indication how many of the 245 employees may lose their jobs.

Island Air officials told the Star-Advertiser on Thursday that no layoffs were planned at this time.

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