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American Airlines Will Send 25 Thousand Employees On Unpaid Leave

American Airlines Will Send 25 Thousand Employees On Unpaid Leave

The largest us air carrier, American Airlines Group Inc, may send 25,000 employees, or one-fifth of the staff, on unpaid leave in the fall, amid a renewed drop in demand for air travel due to the growing number of coronavirus infections.

Employees can be placed on unpaid leave after October 1, when Federal assistance expires. The company is prohibited from cutting staff or salaries until September 30, inclusive, as part of an agreement to receive financial assistance from the authorities.

The company said in a letter addressed to staff that by the fall it will have 20 thousand more employees than it needs. The airline has sent notices to employees about potential leave without pay in accordance with Federal labor laws.

Among those who may be affected by this decision were airport employees and employees performing technical operations.

Previously, American Airlines reduced about 5 thousand people in the administrative and managerial sphere.

The airline's shares are losing 5.9% in preliminary trading on Thursday.