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Airlines ask for over $50 billion in relief as cancellations outpace bookings

In addition, the industry is seeking $25 billion in loans and temporary tax relief in the form of a repeal of all federal excise taxes on tickets, fuel and cargo through the end of 2021 and a rebate of all federal excise taxes paid between January and March of 2020. Foto: AP/Lynne Sladky Foto: Lynne Sladky/AP

U.S. airlines are asking for more than $50 billion in federal assistance amid the economic uncertainty caused by the dramatic decrease in passenger traffic due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Among the requests is nearly $30 billion in grants for passenger airlines and cargo carriers, according to a document from Airlines for America, the industry's leading trade group...

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