White House chief of staff urged to prevent mass layoffs in the aviation industry

Mark Meadows meets with airline executives on Thursday.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he would meet with airline executives on Thursday amid massive layoffs in the industry. It urged lawmakers to accept a $ 1.5 trillion coronavirus aid package proposed by bipartisan group lawmakers and supported by President Donald Trump.

“Today, I am meeting with airline executives. We have tens of thousands of people who are going to be laid off,” he said in an interview with Fox News – I hope everyone understands that firing airline employees at this particular time is not the right thing to do.”

A $ 25 billion Federal aid package for airlines expires this month. Companies like American Airlines are asking for an extension of aid for six months while negotiating with employees to minimize the thousands of cuts that will follow in the absence of another round of support.

Air travel has declined sharply in the past six months as the global pandemic, which has claimed 190,000 lives in the US, has forced many to avoid airports and planes. In connection with the sharp drop in revenue, airlines had to apply to the Federal government to preserve jobs.