U.S. airlines would accept new bailout without additional strings: trade group


FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trade group representing major U.S. airlines said Thursday it is not actively seeking new government assistance but would accept new bailout funds as long as new strings were attached.

A spokeswoman for Airlines for America, a trade group representing Delta Airlines <DAL.N>, United Airlines <UAL.O> and American Airlines <AAL.O>, Southwest Airlines <LUV.N> and other major airlines said “if Congress opts to enact the labor-requested proposal, we would support our workforce’s decision to pursue a simple and clean extension of the grants as long as no additional or extraneous conditions are required.”

Major airline unions last month asked for another $32 billion in payroll assistance for airlines and contractors to keep workers employed through at least March 31.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)