American Airlines sending about 13,000 furlough warnings as pandemic pain continues

American Airlines sending about 13,000 furlough warnings as pandemic pain continues

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: American Airlines jets sit at gates at Washington's Reagan National Airport in Washington © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: American Airlines jets sit at gates at Washington's Reagan National Airport in Washington

(Reuters) – American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) is telling about 13,000 employees that they are at risk of furlough when a U.S. aid package for airline workers expires on April 1, the company said on Wednesday.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American furloughed 19,000 workers when a previous round of government payroll support ended on Oct. 1 but recalled them in December after a fresh $15 billion for the industry through March.

The company had hoped that pandemic-hit demand would rebound by then, but slow rollouts of vaccines and the emergence of coronavirus variants are delaying the recovery, fueling a push by aviation unions for another $15 billion in U.S. payroll assistance.

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