American Airlines will send WARN/furlough notices to roughly 13,000 employees as federal aid is set to expire next month, the company announced Wednesday.
This includes 1,850 pilots, 4,245 flight attendants, 1,420 maintenance workers, 3,145 fleet service workers, 1,205 passenger service workers, 100 dispatch workers and 40 flight crew training instructors and simulator pilot instructors.MORE: American Airlines to cut 19,000 jobs this fall amid industry upheaval
The airline's announcement comes just days after United said it might have to lay off up to 14,000 employees. It also comes six months after American Airlines announced it would be cutting 19,000 jobs due to decreased air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video: American Airlines says it may have to furlough as many as 13,000 employees (WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth)
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In an 8-K filing, American Airlines said it originally believed it would be able to fly all of its aircraft by this summer, but because COVID-19 vaccine distribution is taking longer than expected, demand will remain much lower than anticipated.MORE: American Airlines lost $8.9 billion in a year of pandemic
The airline also blames a required negative coronavirus test for inbound international passengers for hindered demand.
Union leaders are lobbying Congress for $15 billion to extend the Payroll Support Program through September.
While WARN notices will go out to 13,000 workers, that doesn’t mean that 13,000 will be let go; American Airlines is also offering early out packages to those who qualify.