United will cut up to 2,850 pilots without more aid

CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines said on Thursday that it will furlough up to 2,850 pilots this fall unless the federal government provides more relief to help airlines cover their labour costs during a pandemic-fuelled downturn in travel.

United’s figure is higher than the 1,941 pilots that Delta plans to furlough and the 1,600 targetted for termination at American.

The Chicago-based airline told pilots it will send furlough notices by United States (US) mail in the next few days, with the cuts taking effect between October 1 and November 30. The airlines and their labour unions are lobbying for another USD25 billion to help the companies cover payroll costs for six more months, through next March.