United Airlines plans furloughs, 36,000 jobs at risk without second bailout


The airline intends to fly 37% of its overall schedule in September as compared to September 2019. And it expects a 4% increase in capacity compared to what is planned for August 2020.

COVID impacts airline industry 

The memo from United follows a warning from budget carrier Spirit Airlines earlier this week that in October 20% to 30% of their workers may be furloughed.

Others, including low-cost Allegiant and Hawaiian Airlines, are also warning their employees in advance that similar furlough notices are anticipated.

United Airlines and American Airlines have both extended the deadlines for some employees to accept voluntary furloughs or early retirements.

Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines hold stronger debt positions than American and United, which may allow them to minimize or possibly avoid massive furloughs.


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