American, Southwest CEOs ratchet up pleas for more government funding with days to spare

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 12:40:18-04

With just days remaining before current government funding runs out, airline chief executives are making a last-minute push for more money.

Doug Parker and Gary Kelly, CEOs of Dallas-based carriers American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, respectively, have each spent time in Washington, D.C., the past few weeks lobbying the government to extend Payroll Support Program grants for another six months.

American and Southwest are the two largest airlines operating out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

If airlines get what they want, government grants currently set to expire Sept. 30 would instead be extended until March 31, 2021.

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