A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, April 5, 2020.
Joshua Roberts | Reuters
American Airlines‘ top executives on Wednesday backed efforts to extend billions in federal aid to protect aviation jobs through March as the pandemic’s impact on travel threatens tens of thousands of positions.
Some $32 billion in federal aid was set aside to protect jobs in the U.S. airline industry, and it prohibited employers from cutting positions through Sept. 30 under the CARES Act relief package that lawmakers passed in March.
But with that deadline looming and a…