Washington Post

More than 200 aviation companies double-dipped into federal pandemic payroll aid

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At least 202 aviation companies double-dipped into federal programs designed to prop up struggling businesses during the coronavirus pandemic - to the tune of about $1 billion, according to a Washington Post review of federal data.

The companies include a Chicago catering firm under investigation by Democrats in Congress for laying off almost 900 workers this spring; an Ohio aircraft maintenance business that closed an office and put 52 people out of work just days after securing a loan of at least $5 million under one of the programs; and a Wisconsin airline that has warned of hundreds of temporary layoffs come fall...

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