United Airlines to start laying off up to 16,000 workers on Oct 1

By: AFP      Published: 09:22 PM, 2 Sep, 2020
United Airlines to start laying off up to 16,000 workers on Oct 1

United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to lay off up to 16,000 workers starting in October amid a prolonged industry downturn due to the coronavirus.

The big US carrier, which had previously said as many as 36,000 workers could be terminated, said early retirement and other programs had lessened the need for even deeper cuts, but that the "devastating" impact of Covid-19 on airline travel still required layoffs.