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$63 billion to keep aviation workers employed. Here are the numbers.

03/17/2022

Air travel was restricted during the pandemic, putting aviation jobs at risk. To help keep airline workers employed, the Pandemic Relief for Aviation Workers Payroll Support Program has provided $63 billion to passenger and cargo airlines and aviation contractors since March 2020. 

Under the CARES Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act: 

  • Passenger airlines received $54 billion 
  • Cargo airlines will receive up to $4 billion 
  • Aviation contractors received $5 billion 

The companies can only use the funds to pay employee wages, salaries, and benefits. 

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