Jul 9, 2020

Coronavirus: United Airlines to furlough up to 36,000 staff

United Airlines says up to 36,000 of its workers could be furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Our primary goal throughout this crisis has been to ensure United - and the jobs it supports - are here when customers are flying again," United Airlines said in a statement to employees. In response to the announcement the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union said: "The United Airlines projected furlough numbers are a gut punch, but they are also the most honest assessment we've seen on the state of the industry." United Airlines is receiving $5bn of those funds and won't make any cutbacks until 1 October, it said. "We can expect that this crisis will have a long shadow," said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the airline trade group AITA. It expects global airlines to lose as much as $84bn this year.

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