American Airlines and United Airlines stated that they will bring back most of the 32,000 industry workers who were laid off this year if President Donald Trump signs the stimulus bill passed by Congress.
In the bill, $15 billion in payroll support through March will be offered to the Industries clobbered by travel and business restrictions due to the pandemic, an extension of the $25 billion in relief funding that ran out in the fall.
On Tuesday, Trump criticized the bill for not spending enough on stimulus checks to individuals, warning to derail months of negotiations that he had largely delegated to others.
On Monday, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart stated that with the new funding support, they will bring back thousands of their team members who were impacted on September 30.
But Kirby and Hart alerted that these callbacks may not be permanent.
“The truth is, we just don't see anything in the data that shows a huge difference in bookings over the next few months. That is why we expect the recall will be temporary.”
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom issued a statement the Payroll Support Program extension “will enable us to bring furloughed team members back to work and resume air service to cities and towns
On Tuesday, they released a memo mentioning that they are planning to bring back nearly 19,000 workers. “While pay and benefits will be restored right away, people will be asked to return to the operation in phases.”