Atlanta-Based Travel Technology Firm to Lay Off 100

Worldspan, the Atlanta-based travel technology company, will lay off 100 workers on Monday, a spokeswoman said.

Worldspan processes bookings for airlines and travel agents, and like most companies with ties to the airlines, has seen its business drop since the Sept. 11 airline hijackings.

Worldspan in September offered voluntary severance packages and required employees to take two days of unpaid leave a month.

About 100 employees participated in the exit program, said spokeswoman Bobbi Passavanti.

Together, the layoffs and exit program will cut Worldspan`s staff 6 percent, she said.


“We were able to keep severances to a minimum because of our other actions,” she said. “The voluntary exceeded our expectations.”

Details of the severance packages were not available Friday.

“We`re trying to provide a cushion for employees to allow them to adjust to our new situation,” Passavanti said.

The company will provide counseling services, medical benefits and some financial assistance, she said.

Worldspan, which has 3,200 employees throughout the world and about 1,800 locally, in March laid off 200 workers as part of a reorganization.

The company is owned by Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines.

The new layoffs will be spread across the company, Passavanti said.

“We are seeing signs of a rebound,” she said. “We were careful of the number of employees we`ve laid off because we need to be able to rebuild.”