WASHINGTON, March 19, 2020 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today joined the entire U.S. aviation industry in a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, House Speaker Pelosi, House Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer to request the Administration and Congress work as one to act as quickly as possible to address the debilitating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry.
The industry is requesting immediate financial assistance in order to protect and preserve the 11 million jobs it either directly represents or supports.
“The rapid spread of COVID-19 and the government- and business-imposed restrictions on air travel are having never-before seen impacts on U.S. aviation and our employees,” states the letter. “The breadth and immediacy of the need to act cannot be overstated. It is urgent and unprecedented.”
Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.