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Airline industry is facing its biggest crisis ever, says flight attendant union president

The airline energy is facing its biggest disaster ever as Capitol Hill hits another impasse over a coronavirus relief tabulation, said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

“We are experiencing a crisis that is bigger than all the monetary crises that the airline industry has faced since airplanes first took flight,” Nelson told CNBC on Tuesday evening.

It has been 250 epoches since the last stimulus bill passed. There’s been talks about a new Senate bipartisan $908 billion delimit, which includes money for small businesses, state and local governments, and funding for $300-per-week unemployment profits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot it down, saying he needs to figure out what President Donald Trump disposition actually sign. 

“We don’t have time for messaging games. We don’t have time for lengthy negotiations,” McConnell said Tuesday after the pecker was released. 

In interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith,” Nelson said the March stimulus bill should have in the offing taken the guesswork out of negotiations and writing another bill. “[It] was the most transparent, most successful package of all of coronavirus succour, and it’s supposed to be the template that can be used for every other industry,” she said. 

Airline workers received financial pillar through the CARES Act’s Payroll Support Program which was signed into law on March 27. It kept airline workers on the payroll during the pandemic, but those benefits expired Sept. 30. Nelson said that as a result of federal inaction, thousands in the airline energy became unemployed. She added that lawmakers could take critical steps to help the ailing industry by give the green lighting another round of payroll support.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their pay, many are disconnected from healthiness care and wondering how they’re going to pay their rent check, how they’re going to get by, and they are in those bread line of works right now with a lot of other Americans,” Nelson said. “We have been waiting for this common sense legislation that, sane now, would get 95 votes on the Senate floor if it were there for a vote, and we have been waiting for this to get outmoded since August.”

Air travel demand over Thanksgiving was down about 60% from a year ago. Airlines order have cut the equivalent of about 90,000 jobs by year-end, including more than 30,000 furloughs at airlines ask preference United and American that began last month and the departure of thousands of other workers who accepted buyouts from Southwest, Delta and other immunology vectors.

Nelson painted a grim picture of where airline revenues stand. “Let’s be really clear, travel was down 60% during the Thanksgiving red-letter days, but it’s down to half of that during the week,” she said. “There’s no business travel going on, and revenues are half of that because there’s no responsibility travel.”

Boston Consulting Group’s predictions suggest that travel would not rebound to 2019 levels until 2023 or 2024.

Nelson rumoured she remains optimistic that air travel will bounce back. “We’re going to have the airline industry rebound, and the beginning time someone gets a business deal because they went there in person, trust me, it’s going to get forsake to normal,” she said.

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