TWA302 wrote:FlyHPN wrote:phxa340 wrote:While I feel for airline employees, some of them
act as if their job is more important than others (yea I get that’s going to be an unpopular opinion) thus requiring being singled out to receive government funds. All the while small businesses are being decimated and help not flowing to them. Airlines have been so successful at receiving funds because 1. Union lobby is excellent - but it distorts reality as does every effective lobby and 2. Reps and Senators rely on airlines for their travel and have to face these folks weekly
Airlines don’t deserve a special bailout, let alone a second one. Airline employees have been through the ringer - no doubt about it and I want to clear I’m not saying they don’t deserve help, the bailout just needs to also help other industries and businesses in conjunction with airlines.
Have to agree. It hurts to see anyone lose their job, but propping up an industry that has been making billions in past years I can’t stand behind. It’s got to be survival of the fittest.
It doesn't make sense. I mean how can airlines get all these bailouts yet companies that RELY on air travelers for a huge chunk of business, like Enterprise/National/Alamo (EHI family) didn't (COULDN'T) get one penny to help them? EHI had to furlough and layoff thousands in April, my wife was one of them, even though she is back. I understand air travel is important but it all boils down to politics which sucks. I feel bad for ANYONE that has been impacted by COVID and as a result, are out of work. It stinks and I am sorry.
You just said it. Those companies rely on air travel so they’ll be counting on the airlines to bring in the business when the threat of the virus subsides.
I agree more should be done across the board to help everyone impacted by the pandemic. But the airlines being considered essential and the complexities of keeping employees and aircraft legally current are the reasons why the government singles them out for help. Once you let the dominos fall you cannon easily and quickly undo the damage. The vaccine is here. This is probably the most appropriate time to keep them propped up just a little longer.
And I hate the term bailout here. It’s payroll support. The airlines would easily cut everyone and right their size. The problem is they know by the time they appropriately match the current economic environment people will be ready to fly again.