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Tens of thousands of airline industry workers are bracing for layoffs and furloughs on Thursday if Congress fails to pass a relief package aimed at alleviating the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Sept. 30)

AP Domestic

With no new federal stimulus in sight, Southwest Airline’s chief announced management pay cuts and said he will seek to negotiate concessions from workers to avoid layoffs.

In saying he believes the airline can navigate the crisis without furloughs, CEO Gary Kelly sought Monday to stand apart from rivals. American and United Airlines, for instance, have warned that 32,000 employees would collectively face layoffs after Congress was unable to come to agreement on a new relief package.

Airlines are scrambling to cut costs after the federal stimulus ran out last week. Congress delivered $50 billion in relief to airlines last spring to offset a severe drop in passenger traffic due to the