US airlines have begun laying off thousands of workers after efforts to negotiate a new economic relief plan in Congress stalled.
American Airlines says it shedding 19,000 workers and United Airlines 13,000.
The carriers – badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic – say they are ready to reverse the decisions if more financing is found.
The airlines have received billions of dollars from the federal government.
Congress agreed the aid agreed earlier in the year as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act [Cares Act]. It was conditional that the carriers did not lay off workers until 1 October.
Airlines worldwide have been hit by a massive fall in demand caused by the pandemic.
In a letter to staff announcing the layoffs, American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said: “I am