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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The airline that serves the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany is furloughing more pilots. ASA, a division of Delta is furloughing 56 pilots this fall. That comes on top of an already furloughed 80 pilots.

In Albany, flights were cut as a result of those furloughs. Airport Director Yvette Aehle hopes there won't be more to come. 

She said, "Fall is when passengers start picking up again and start making travel arrangements for holidays so we're not sure how that's going to affect Albany's schedule yet. As far a s we know right now, we're still holding at three flights a day, but who knows at this point? I mean, we're really kind of holding our breath along with everyone else just to see what happens in the industry because they are doing so poorly right now."

Other Delta regional carriers are also furloughing pilots, including Comair and Mesaba. Delta is offering its pilots early retirement packages to cut back its work force.

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