American Airlines to cut 19,000 jobs

American Airlines to cut 19,000 jobs in October 2020 because of Covid-19

Post was last updated: August 26, 2020

American Airlines (AAL.O) said on Tuesday it will cut 19,000 US jobs in October as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to weigh on air travel, unless the government extends aid for airline employee payrolls.

Airlines received $25 billion in US government stimulus funds in March meant to cover payrolls and protect jobs through September.

As the money runs out without a travel recovery in sight, airlines and unions have lobbied Washington for another $25 billion, but talks have stalled.

Including voluntary exits and leaves, American’s workforce will shrink to around 100,000 in October from the 140,000 it employed in March.

“In short, American’s team will have at least 40,000 fewer people working Oct. 1 than we had when we entered this pandemic,” Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said in a memo to employees that was reviewed by Reuters.

The October job cuts comprise 17,500 furloughs of union workers -including 1,600 pilots and 8,100 flight attendants – and 1,500 management positions.

Based on current demand levels, American now plans to fly less than 50 percent of its normal schedule in the fourth quarter, with international flying reduced to only a quarter of 2019 levels, Parker and Isom said in the memo.

Source Link

Let us know what you think of this article and remember to add us on our facebook and follow us on our twitter. Come back daily for more Malawi business news.

Quick Links: Download Business eBooks | Ten Signs You Are An Entrepreneur | What is a Managing Director?