Sunday, 4 October 2020

"No Furloughs" in 2020 for the Mesa Air Group

News from the Phoenix HQ of the US regional air carrier Mesa Air Group is that it has reached an agreement with its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, that will enable the company to avoid furloughing any employee for the remainder of 2020. This is a massive and quite remarkable step considering the tremendous negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel.  

Mesa takes great pride in the strong relationship the company has with its employees, and significant work has been done over the last several months to avoid any furloughs associated with the expiration of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program funds on September 30th.  

Commenting on the announcement, Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said, “We like to think of Mesa as a big extended family. In times of crisis, families pull together and I’m incredibly grateful for the dedication, hard work, and bravery of our people. Their willingness to support their fellow employees through this incredibly difficult time is a real testament to their kindness and humanity.”

Mesa, like many in the aviation industry in the US, are hopeful Congress will extend the Payroll Support Program to further protect its employees and their families should the pandemic continue to have a negative impact on air travel demand into 2021,  yet as time travels on,  such hopes are starting to fade. 

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