Chicago-based United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country, including San Antonio and McAllen, and hiring contractors to do the work.
United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said Tuesday that the carrier needs to make sure its costs are competitive. It's considering outsourcing jobs of some bag handlers and customer-service agents.
Employees were notified Monday of the potential cuts.
United is discussing the matter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the affected workers.
The move follows United's decision last year to outsource more than 600 jobs at 12 airports around the country. Most of those airports are served by United Express regional flights.