Airlines urge Congress for grants to fight impact

Airplanes sit on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on January 31, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images U.S. airlines on Saturday warned they will have to furlough workers unless Congress approves a $58 billion aid package that includes grants, not only loans, as the industry reels from the impact of coronavirus. Senate Republicans last week proposed legislation that included a $58 billion in aid for passenger and cargo carriers, but in the form of loans airlines would later have to repay. “Time is…

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JetBlue cuts schedule to essential flights as coronavirus spreads

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-200 aircraft as seen on final approach landing at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport in USA. Nicola Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images JetBlue Airways¬†told employees Sunday that it plans to cancel hundreds of flights and operate less than half of its normal schedule this week, as it shrinks its operation to match diminished demand: passengers who “are flying because they must.” U.S. airlines have been slashing their schedules as the coronavirus, and efforts to contain it, continue to sap travel demand. Passenger and cargo…

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