Orlando Int’l Airport to Lay Off Almost 800 Food Service Workers as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

According to a report on Fox 35, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is getting ready to lay off nearly 800 foodservice crew members, cooks, cashiers, shift supervisors, and more.

The 782 employees had been temporarily furloughed back in March but will be permanently laid off on October 15th if they haven’t been recalled by that time.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the travel industry, MCO is subsequently seeing an unprecedented decline in airport traffic.

The company in charge of restaurant workers at MCO sent an email to the State of Florida Displaced Worker’s Unit, HMSHost stating, “While it is our desire to see our airport and motorway traffic return and bring back all our valued associates, and while we reasonably believed this would be possible by summer, the unfortunate (and in March unforeseeable) reality is that it is going to take a significant period for our business to recover.”


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