- American Airlines stated that around 13,000 employees might be furloughed because an active U.S. aid package for airline workers is set to expire on April 1
- The team was quoted saying, “The vaccine is not being distributed as quickly as any of us believed.”
THoD Newsdesk, USA: On Wednesday, American Airlines stated that around 13,000 employees might be furloughed because an active U.S. aid package for airline workers is set to expire on April 1. The blame has been shifted upon the slow vaccine rollouts and new international travel restrictions for curbing demand rates..
“We are nearly five weeks into 2021, and unfortunately, we find ourselves in a situation similar to much of 2020,” Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom, stated in a memo to the employees and it was also encapsulated in a regulatory filing. As per reports, Fort Worth furloughed 19,000 workers when a previous round of government payroll support ended on Oct. 1 but recalled them in December after a fresh $15 billion for the industry through March. On the other hand, Aviation unions have been pushing for another $15 billion in U.S. payroll assistance to protect jobs through the upcoming summer.
American Airlines was quoted saying, “The vaccine is not being distributed as quickly as any of us believed, and new restrictions on international travel that require customers to have a negative COVID-19 test have dampened demand.” They further added that the company will not fly all of its aircraft this summer, as chalked out. United Airlines has sent furlough warnings to 14,000 employees very recently while Delta Air Lines Inc and Southwest Airlines Co have averted layoffs. American and United also offered voluntary deals to reduce staffing last year but were still forced to furlough.