American Airlines will start charging $15 US for the first checked bag, cut domestic flights and lay off possibly thousands of workers as it grapples with record-high fuel prices.

 


Parent AMR Corp. said reduced flying will lead to an undisclosed number of job cuts at both American and its American Eagle subsidiary.

 


American said yesterday the fee for the first checked bag starts June 15 and that it would raise other fees for services ranging from reservation help to oversized bags. The other fees will mostly range from $5 to $50 per service, it said.