Airline jobs at Tampa Airport are about to take a hit as two employers are about to lay off 700 workers.
‘Pemco World Air Services Inc., which provides commercial aircraft maintenance and repair services at two hangars on the east side of the airport, said in a state notice it would lay off 474 employees between now and Aug 15.
And Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has filed a notice that it may lay off 200 workers next month from its operations at MacDill Air Force Base’s Central Command if a defense contract is not renewed.’
Pemco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March as maintenance work has slowed. Pemco listed assets and debt of $50 million to $100 million each in its Chapter 11 documents.
“We’re saddened by this turn of events,” Tampa International chief executive Joe Lopano said. “No one likes to see layoffs.”
SAIC provides command, control, communications and computer information support services to U.S. Central Command, said company spokeswoman Melissa Lee Koskovich.
“SAIC’s current contract with CENTCOM ends on Sept. 21, 2012,” she said. The layoffs, she said, “would occur only if SAIC is not selected for the follow-on contract.”