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.