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Allied Pilots Association Applauds COVID-19 Relief Bill’s Approval

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 6, 2021) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its gratitude to Congress for approving the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. President Biden, who has been emphasizing the need for additional COVID-19 relief, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The relief package includes $14 billion in aid for U.S. airlines.

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, our airlines will be well-positioned to continue global vaccine distribution and drive economic recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes,” said Capt. Eric Ferguson, President of the Allied Pilots Association. “By investing in the airline industry’s future, Congress is making a vital investment in our nation’s future.”

The trade association Airlines for America estimates that every U.S. airline job generates at least 13 additional jobs in related fields such as hotels, restaurants, and rental cars. Under the terms of the legislation, the Payroll Support Program (PSP) will be extended for six months through Sept. 30, 2021. American Airlines had announced in early February that it would furlough as many as 1,850 pilots absent a PSP extension, just weeks after recalling more than 1,200 pilots from furloughs that began on Oct. 1, 2020.

“We are grateful that our colleagues are no longer facing imminent furlough,” Ferguson said. “More than anything, we want to do our part to help get America flying again. And to that end, to the members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and to President Biden, we say a heartfelt ‘thank you.’”

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

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