In a memo to employees Wednesday, American Airlines’ top two executives say it will issue WARN notices to 25,000 employees that they face potential furloughs on Oct. 1.
The memo, from CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom, also said that the airline hopes to avoid some of those furloughs.
“We hope to reduce the actual number of furloughs significantly through enhanced leave and early-out programs for represented workgroups, which we are announcing today,” the memo said.
The two executives also said the airline supports a union-led effort to lobby Congress to extend the CARES out relief money, which is set to expire at the end of September, through March 2021. They note the longer timeline is necessary due to the “much longer impact of the pandemic than was anticipated when the CARES Act was enacted.”
“We know American will be smaller going forward and we must right-size all aspects of our airline to adjust to that new reality,” they said.
The possible furloughs include 10,000 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots.