News Summary: United announces Houston cuts

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Posted: May 31, 2012 5:52 PM
News Summary: United announces Houston cuts

WHAT HAPPENED: United Airlines says it will have to cut flying by 10 percent and eliminate 1,300 jobs in Houston, because Southwest won the right to begin flying out of the city's second airport in 2015.

WHY: United says it's because having international flights at two airports will divide connecting traffic, forcing it to reduce flights.

WHAT'S NEXT: United says the job cuts will happen in part through attrition and voluntary programs. Some workers will be offered other jobs at the airline, which is a unit of United Continental Holdings Inc.