US airlines warn of ‘draconian’ steps if Congress fails to help

WASHINGTON: The chief executives of the largest US airline companies asked Congress Saturday for urgent help avoiding widespread layoffs among the industry’s 750,000 employees.“Unless worker payroll protection grants are passed immediately, many of us will be forced to take draconian measures such as furloughs,” the CEOs said in a letter to leaders of both houses of Congress distributed by the Airlines for America trade group.“The breadth and immediacy of the need to act cannot be overstated,” it said. “It is urgent and unprecedented.”Airlines for America represents American Airlines, United A…

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