FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says it will furlough 19,000 workers on Thursday because negotiations over more federal help for airlines have failed to produce a deal.
U.S. passenger airlines and their labor unions are lobbying for another $25 billion in taxpayer money to pay workers for six more months, through next March.
But their request is tied up in stalled negotiations over a larger pandemic-relief measure.
Airline industry officials admit prospects look bleak in the face of a stalemate between Republicans and Democrats over more pandemic relief.
Airlines are losing billions because of a sharp drop in travel during the pandemic.