United Plans 16,000 Furloughs As Airlines Cut Jobs During Pandemic Downturn

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A United Airlines plane sits at the gate at Denver International Airport on July 30. The airline industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Just last week, American Airlines announced that 19,000 job cuts were coming. A federal aid package for the industry expires at the end of the month, and airlines are lobbying for an extension.

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