WASHINGTON, March 19, 2020 – A bipartisan coalition of Governors and Mayors from across the country issued a joint letter today to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, House Speaker Pelosi, House Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer urging the Administration and Congress to work swiftly to provide financial stability for the U.S. airline industry and the hard-working men and women whose livelihoods rely on it.
“We strongly support immediate and medium to long-term federal assistance to the U.S. aviation industry. Our constituents and local economies are depending on the airline industry to come out of this in a strong position to continue to facilitate travel, tourism and commerce,” states the letter.
The rapid spread of COVID-19, coupled with government and business-imposed travel restrictions, has dramatically decreased demand for business and leisure travel alike, which officials explain “has taken and will continue to take an incredible toll on our state and local economies.”
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.