American Airlines will lay off 19,000 employees from October 1, according to CEO Doug Parker. The airline’s decision will affect 16 percent of the workforce as a whole. The Fort Worth-based airline operates at a loss of millions of dollars every day.
The payroll support announced by the federal government to contain the airline industry, which is facing financial collapse due to the COVID epidemic, ended on September 30. The CEO said that the decision to dismiss the employees was due to the indefinite termination of discussions between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Stephen Munch.
He added that he expects the federal government to continue to provide pay support. The airline has so far received $ 4.1 billion in grants and $ 7 billion in loans from the government. CEO Doug said the temporary dismissals are likely to be recalled after 6 months.