September 2, 2020

United Airlines plans layoffs if no more aid from Washington

New York (AFP) – United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to lay off up to 16,000 workers amid a prolonged industry downturn due to the coronavirus and the continuing stalemate in Washington over further federal support for the industry.The big US carrier, which had previously said as many as 36,000 workers could be terminated, said early retirement and other programs had lessened the need for even deeper job cuts, but the “devastating” impact of Covid-19 on airline travel still required layoffs.But even with voluntary programs and other cost-cutting, the savings “have not been enough to avoid …


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