U.S. Airlines Absent From Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal, Unions Plan Action

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO — A fresh U.S. Senate Republican coronavirus spending package introduced on Tuesday does not include new government assistance for U.S. airlines or airports, a text of the proposal showed, as the sector races to save jobs before October.

More than 35,000 workers at two of the largest U.S. carriers alone – American Airlines and United Airlines – are set to lose their jobs once an initial $25 billion in payroll support from the government expires this month.

That has fueled a furious push by unions for a six-month extension of the aid, with flight attendants and other aviation workers planning to march outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Last month a group of Senate Republicans backed extending $25 billion in payroll assistance for airlines, an idea Democrats also support.

That proposal was excluded from the latest Senate measure, which was reviewed by Reuters and is expected to be voted

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