American and United Airlines announce they will be furloughing a combined ...

American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough a combined 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

CEO of American Doug Parker announced that 19,000 workers would be furloughed beginning from Thursday in a letter to staff, as money from the CARES Act provided to airlines in the spring expired at midnight Wednesday.

'I am extremely sorry we have reached this outcome,' Parker wrote in the letter. 'It is not what you all deserve.'

Parker said that if Washington comes up with a stimulus package that allocates $25 billion to airlines 'over the next few days,' then the company will reverse furloughs and recall the workers.

Similarly, United said the Congressional impasse has forced it to furlough 13,000 workers. The company said it told leaders in the administration and Congress that if payroll aid is approved in the next few days, it too could undo the furloughs.

'We implore our elected leaders to reach a compromise, get a deal done now, and save jobs,' the company said in a message to staff.

CEO of American Airlines Doug Parker announced that 19,000 workers would be furloughed beginning from Thursday in a letter to staff this week after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines

CEO of American Airlines Doug Parker announced that 19,000 workers would be furloughed beginning from Thursday in a letter to staff this week after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines

Similarly, United said the stimulus relief impasse has forced it to furlough 13,000 workers

The furloughs announced by American amounts to close to 14 percent of the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline’s pre-pandemic workforce.

The bulk of United's reductions is made up by flight attendants with 6,939 set to be furloughed. 

The moves by two of the nation's four biggest airlines represent the first - and likely the largest part - of involuntary job cuts across the industry in coming days. 

Industry analysts said the four largest U.S. airlines - American, United, Delta and Southwest - lost a combined $10 billion in the second quarter of this year.  

Southwest has said it does not plan to lay off any employees through the end of the year.

Delta Airlines, meanwhile, said it's currently exploring the possibility of furloughs for about 2,000 of its pilots.

Airline employees and executives made 11th-hour appeals this week to Congress and the administration to avert furloughs when a federal prohibition on layoffs - a condition of an earlier round of federal aid - expires Thursday.

The passenger airlines and their labor unions are lobbying for taxpayer money to pay workers for six more months, through next March. Their request is tied up in stalled negotiations over a larger pandemic relief measure.

Industry officials acknowledged that prospects were bleak for action before Thursday's deadline. They said, however, they were cheered that the House this week included airline payroll help in a $2.2 trillion relief plan that moved closer to Republicans' preference for a lower price tag.

'It provides a glimmer of hope that something will get done,' said Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America.

Industry analysts said the four largest U.S. airlines - American, United, Delta and Southwest - lost a combined $10 billion in the second quarter of this year.

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Industry analysts said the four largest U.S. airlines - American, United, Delta and Southwest - lost a combined $10 billion in the second quarter of this year.

American said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion for airlines 'over the next few days,' then the company will reverse furloughs and recall the workers

American said that if

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