187 ground service employees to be laid off at DIA after Frontier Airlines switches providers

The Denver-headquartered airline plans to switch from Swissport USA to Simplicity USA in September.

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A Frontier Airlines plan at Denver International Airport. (Courtesy of Frontier Airlines)

A Frontier Airlines plane at Denver International Airport. (Courtesy of Frontier Airlines)

Nearly 200 workers are expected to lose their jobs at Denver International Airport next month after Frontier Airlines decided to switch the company that handles its bags and check-ins at the airport.

The Denver-headquartered airline plans to switch from Swissport USA to Simplicity USA in September. Frontier will still need the same number of people providing ground services, said Richard Oliver spokesman for Frontier.

The airline is encouraging those losing their jobs to apply for the new positions available with Michigan-based Simplicity USA.

Swissport USA filed a notice with the state Friday indicating it was permanently cutting 187 jobs at DIA in September.

In July, Frontier told Swissport USA it was either ending or not renewing its contract.

Due to the “significant loss of business,” 76 ramp agents and baggage handlers, 63 customer service agents, 24 supervisors and 24 other employees will be laid off, according to a letter Swissport USA sent the state.

Swissport USA is an affiliate of Switzerland-based Swissport, a global ground service provider. Swissport didn’t respond to an email from Denverite. The Denver office said nobody would immediately be able to speak about the layoffs.

Frontier declined to say why it was switching companies after having Swissport USA for about one to two years. The new contract will only impact Frontier’s operations at DIA, Oliver said.

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