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American Airlines Pilots Urge White House For More Federal Funding To Prevent Furloughs

Matt York
Associated Press
In this March 25, 2020, file photo, American Airlines jets sit idly at their gates as a jet arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

The Allied Pilots Association backs the industry’s request of another $25 billion over six months to help prevent 19,000 American Airlines furloughs.

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) sent a letter to President Trump this week on behalf of the 15,000 American Airlines pilots it represents, urging an extension of the federal Payroll Support Program that ends after next month.

The airline industry had predicted a recovery by now, but APA spokesperson Gregg Overman said COVID-19 is still around so potential passengers are still afraid.

“There’s a dearth of things to do in the cities that we serve,so a lot of travelers have stayed away," Overman said. “The demand for business travel is almost nil. If you look at the statistics for travelers passing through TSA portals it’s just flat out dismal.”

Pilots support what the industry’s requesting — another $25 billion over 6 months. That could help prevent 19,000 furloughs, in the case of American Airlines. Overman said carriers are also considered critical infrastructure by the U.S. government.

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Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.