Senator asks airlines about worker shortages after billions in U.S. bailouts

reuters

07-16-2021

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the IRS budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/PoolWASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has asked the chief executives of six airlines including American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O)to explain reported worker shortages despite receiving billions in pandemic bailouts. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, sent the airlines letters on Friday asking for answers to detailed questions about "recent reports of workforce shortages, flight cancellations, and delays, creating havoc and frustrating consumers as more Americans resume travel." The Transportation Security Administration said traffic hit almost 2.2 million passengers on Sunday, the highest daily total since February 2020. Airlines were not allowed to issue involuntary layoffs or cut worker pay as part of government assistance.

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