Frontier outsources maintenance on 1 plane

DENVER (AP) -- Frontier Airlines has outsourced maintenance work on one of its planes to a company in El Salvador as the Denver-based carrier works to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

The decision came amid contract negotiations with Frontier's mechanics, but the airline says the outsourcing and the labor talks aren't related.

Airline spokesman Steve Snyder says the company needs more help fixing its planes as it works to sell nine of the 60 aircraft under its bankruptcy plan.

The president of the local Teamsters union representing the mechanics, Matthew Fazakas, says he's aware of the outsourcing decision. Fazakas has declined to comment on the progress of the negotiations.

Frontier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April.

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