Northwest Airlines says SARS will Cause more Pilot Layoffs

Passengers' concerns about SARS are resulting in more layoffs at Northwest Airlines.

The airline plans to furlough another 150 pilots by next January because of declines in passenger traffic caused by travelers' fears of the disease.

A Northwest spokesman says the company hasn't decided whether there will be SARS-related layoffs in other work groups, such as flight attendants and mechanics.

Combined with other layoffs, the latest cuts would bring the number of Northwest pilot furloughs to one-thousand-93.

In April, Northwest's passenger traffic for Pacific flights declined 25 percent from the previous April.

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