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Airport Officials Cut Costs to Offset Revenue Decline

Facing double-digit declines in passenger and cargo traffic, airport officials are cutting costs at Port Columbus and Rickenbacker. The two employ nearly 400 people.

Airport Vice President of Business Development & Communications David Whitaker says the loss of Skybus and Jet Blue combined with high fuel costs continue to drive down revenues.

Whitaker says there is a wage freeze in effect, so employees will make the same salary in 2009 that they are making in 2008. He denies lay-offs will be necessary and says, instead, officials are using attrition, not replacing individuals who leave or retire.

Airport vice president David 0Whitaker says he hopes the current economic turmoil does not further depress passenger traffic at Port Columbus or cargo traffic at Rickenbacker.