US seven largest airline CEOs join forces to plea for more payroll relief in a letter to congress pointing out future distributing Covid vaccines
Seven of the largest US airlines have made a fresh plea for payroll relief before the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The chief executives of American Airlines Doug Parker and Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly, as well as those from Delta, United, Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways, signed the letter to Congressional leaders yesterday.
美国航空公司道格·帕克(Doug Parker)和西南航空公司加里·凯利(Gary Kelly)以及达美航空(Delta)、联合航空(United)、夏威夷航空(Hawaian)和阿拉斯加航空(Alaska Airlines)以及捷蓝航空(JetBlue Airways)的首席执行官昨日在致国会领导人的信上签名。
The lettersent by the main industry lobby Airlines for Americapointed to the challenges of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine as well as the challenges airlines continue to face in the midst of the pandemic.
It said: 'As the nation looks forward and takes on the logistical challenges of distributing a vaccine, it will be important to ensure there are sufficient certified employees and planes in service necessary for adequate capacity to complete the task.'
It continued: 'We respectfully ask that you come together and extend the successful PSP this year so that we can continue to support our critical aviation workforce and infrastructure.
'Your leadership is needed before the close of the 116th Congress so that this bipartisan and incredibly effective Covid-relief measure can continue to save American jobs and allow us to continue our significant role in the health of our US economy,' reported Fox Business.
US airlines received $25billion in federal aid to keep employees on payroll between March and September.
They have asked for a second round of support after cutting tens of thousands of jobs either through furloughs or early retirements in recent months.
They have argued that they need trained employees to help service an economic rebound, with the prospects of a vaccine in the coming months underscoring the urgency.
The number of travellers that passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints on Tuesday was down two-thirds from the same day in 2019, an improvement from the start of the pandemic but not enough to bring airlines out of their cash hole, particularly with further lockdowns looming as COVID-19 cases rise.
周二通过运输安全管理局(Transportation Security Administration)检查站的旅客数量比2019年同期下降了三分之二，这比疫情开始时有所改善，但还不足以让航空公司走出现金缺口，特别是随着新冠肺炎案件的增加，进一步的封锁迫在眉睫。
Still, the industry's aid request has received wide bipartisan support but has so far failed to pass as Congress remains deadlocked over a broader COVID-19 relief and stimulus plan.
After Congress and Donald Trump's administration failed to agree an extension to the payroll program in September,Airlines for America CEO criticised the decision.
在国会和唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)政府在9月份未能就延长工资计划达成一致后，美国航空公司(Airlines For America)首席执行官批评了这一决定。
He said: 'We are disappointed that Congress and the Administration have been unable to reach an agreement that would save tens of thousands of highly skilled, quality jobs in the U.S. airline industry.
'We will continue to encourage all parties to get back to the table and conclude a deal. We have to hold out that hope.
'Thousands of airline workers across the country have already lost their jobs – and more furloughs are expected in the coming weeks – because Congress did not extend the successful Payroll Support Program before it expired on September 30, despite strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
他说，全国已有数千名航空公司员工失业，预计未来几周还会有更多员工下岗，因为尽管众议院和参议院获得了两党的大力支持，但国会并未在9月30日到期前延长成功的薪资支持计划(Success Payroll Support Program)。
'More than 300 Members of Congress publicly stated their support for extending the Payroll Support Program, direct payroll assistance that kept airline workers on the job and out of the unemployment lines since March.
'The President has indicated his support for the industry because of its unique circumstances.
'Time already ran out for US airlines and many of our employees, yet there is a glimmer of hope that our leaders in Washington will act and save these jobs before it’s too late to turn back the clock.
'Some U.S. airlines may be able to reinstate employees if they receive direct payroll assistance from the federal government soon, but that becomes increasingly challenging with each passing day.
'Extending the Payroll Support Program is a critical step for preserving jobs, rebuilding the travel industry and restoring the economic health of our country.'
They are now hoping that Congress can pass airline aid through some other vehicle such as a funding bill this year, people familiar with the matter have said.
Congress is not expected to return until November 30.
Southwest Airlines, which has never laid off any employees in its 49-history, sent warnings of potential furloughs to about 400 employees on Wednesday.
American Airlines shares were valued at about $30 per share in February, prior to the start of coronavirus lockdowns.
They then nosedived to about $10.30 per share in mid-March, when the lockdowns started going into effect.
Throughout the lockdown period, from mid-March to June, share prices hovered between $9.50 and $12.
The share prices then rallied on June 8, to $20.31, around the time when lockdowns around the country began to be lifted. Since then, share prices have ranged from about $11 to $14.
Share prices hit nearly $13 p
During the first coronavirus stimulus package, the US government gave major US airlines $58million in aid - $25billion in payroll grants and the rest in low-interest loans - provided they didn't use it to buy back stock or offer dividendpayments until they paid back the loan portion of the bailout.
Airlines have faced dramatically-reduced passenger rates since coronavirus lockdowns first began in mid-March.
Figures released by the TSA showed that on March 1, TSA checkpoints had screened 2.28million passengers, nearly on par with the 2.3million passengers screened on the same day in 2019.
OnMarch 17, screenings fell to953,699 - well below the2.18million recorded on the same date in 2019.
At the height of the near worldwide lockdowns in April, the TSA routinely recorded screenings numbering in only the 90,000s. In 2019, screenings typically ranged between 2million to 2.5million passengers.
Several months after cities across the US reopened, the number of fliers has crept up steadily, with the TSA reporting more than 1million screened passengers on October 18 - the first time that's happened since mid-March.