United Airlines planes, including a Boeing 737 MAX 9 model, are pictured at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, March 18, 2019.
Loren Elliott | Reuters
United Airlines on Friday warned it could cut jobs if the U.S. government doesn’t provide aid by the end of the month to the industry, which is struggling with the devastating impact of coronavirus on travel demand.
U.S. airlines, which directly employ close to 750,000 people, are on edge about how quickly lawmakers will provide aid to the industry, grappling with a collapse in demand that executives have described as worse than 9/11.
United and its competitors have raced to slash flights, freeze hiring and ask employees to take unpaid leaves, but executives have warned it’s still not enough.
“However, as travel demand continues to plummet, even more cost-cutting measures will be required soon to keep our company afloat,” said United’s letter on Friday, which was signed by CEO Oscar Munoz, president Scott Kirby —…