Envoy Air's pilots union leader called the carrier's announcement to close its Miami crew base a "punitive decision."
In a letter sent to pilots, Air Line Pilots Association master executive council chair Bill Sprague said the carrier's news has created extreme challenges for the Miami-based pilots and their families.
Sprague said he spoke with Envoy Air chief executive Pedro Fabregas about the decision on Friday morning and explained it was made by American Airlines.
"I asked many questions to be sure that we understand the dynamics and logistics of the MIA draw down," Sprague said. "We have not been provided with an exact date, but we've been told to expect a displacement bid soon."
Keep reading for the full letter from Sprague.
October 3, 2014
To All MIA Pilots,
By now you have all heard the news that AAG announced the closing of the MIA Envoy Crew base beginning with schedule reductions in December and January as our EMB-140 and 145 aircraft are replaced by EMB-175 aircraft operated by Republic. The company states that the MIA base closure will be complete by April 2015. Everyone in the MIA Envoy family will be affected by this punitive decision, which creates some extreme challenges for your families and those of our friends and co-workers in the Miami area. The accelerated timeline only increases the need to quickly prepare your families and decide how you will deal with this news.
I have been swamped with calls as the news of this announcement began to circulate. We, like you, have many questions and understand that each of you will need up-to-date information as you decide your future. Pedro Fábregas contacted me this morning to inform me of this decision and explained that it was made by American Airlines. I asked many questions to be sure that we understand the dynamics and logistics of the MIA drawdown. We have not been provided with an exact date, but we’ve been told to expect a displacement bid soon. As more details become available we will communicate them to you.
We are planning a Pilot Unity event in Miami to answer your questions and to familiarize you with the career resources that ALPA will provide. We will announce the date and location as soon as they are finalized. We are also available by phone and email and encourage you to call anytime as we move forward during this difficult transition.