US airlines support the relief government but warn it is not a 'cure'. for the deep industry crisis

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines welcomed Friday, a $ 50 billion bailout package that they said will protect jobs throughout September but warned that ongoing challenges More action is needed for the industry.

Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to reduced flights made to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. March 25, 2020. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage

Airlines are going through the biggest downturn ever, because the coronavirus makes global travel stalled. A major government stimulus package passed on Friday gives airlines some room for cost management, but they still face tough decisions in the coming months.

If the recovery is as slow as we feared, it means our airline and our workforce will have to be smaller than they are today, United United expert said in a memorandum. with staff.

Based on forecasts of the coronavirus spread and the global economic response, CEO Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby said they hoped the needs of Muslims would be suppressed for months afterwards. , maybe next year.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees that the bailout was not a cure and urged workers to continue to register for unpaid unpaid leave days.

U.S. airlines are set to receive $ 25 billion in funding to cover payrolls for the next six months, but still encourage a work week …

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