United Airlines also said it will involuntarily lay off more than 13,000 employees as of Thursday.
The carrier had previously informed 36,000 employees that it was at risk of losing jobs, but was able to reduce that number to 16,000 through various voluntary buy-back and early retirement programs. The carrier has since said it has been able to further reduce the total number of leaves by working with union partners, introducing new voluntary options and providing creative solutions that would save jobs.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, United had just under 100,000 employees.
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