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American Air will have 20,000 more employees than needed, it says

American Airlines employees wear take coronavirus precautions while checking in a traveler in June 2020. Foto: Washington Post/Andrew Harrer

American Airlines will have over 20,000 more employees than it needs to operate a deeply reduced flying schedule as travel demand slowly rebuilds amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The estimate represents about 20% to 30% of American's expected workforce later this year. Not all would necessarily be furloughed after Sept. 30, however, because the carrier is continuing efforts to trim jobs through leave, early retirement and voluntary separation programs, the airline's top executives said...

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