Airlines on track to get $15 billion in federal aid


A person walks at Reagan National Airport prior to Thanksgiving in Arlington on November 25, 2020.

Hannah McKay | Reuters

U.S. airlines are well on their way to raising $ 15 billion in federal aid to pay workers if Congress approves the next coronavirus stimulus bill, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Transport companies would have to recall more than 30,000 workers who were on leave this fall.

The March CARES bill had allotted $ 25 billion to airlines on condition that they maintain the minimum service and keep workers on payroll through September 30th.

The new round of aid to the struggling sector, which Reuters had previously reported, would keep workers on the payroll through March.

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