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The airline’s CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday in a memo to employees that 35,000 workers had already stepped up, but more volunteers were needed, Reuters reported.
To attract more volunteers, Delta is also improving benefits that workers will receive while on leave and offering longer terms of up to 12 months of leave, according to Reuters.
Delta did not immediately respond to an inquiry from FOX Business.
Bastian had previously asked employees to sign up for “voluntary short-term, unpaid leave” back in mid-March after the airline announced it was canceling all flights to Europe to cut costs, Fox News reported.
At the time, Bastian also told employees that the company would freeze hiring and reduce the use of consultants and contractors.
"The airline business has been hit very hard as everybody knows,” Trump said. “We are going to be in a position to do a lot to help them so that they keep their employees and they save their businesses.”
The $2.2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law on March 27 provides $25 billion in grants for passenger airlines, $4 billion for cargo air carriers and $3 billion for airline contractors such as caterers.
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The grants are to primarily maintain payroll. Companies must guarantee that they will keep their workers employed through at least September 30 in order to qualify for the program.
According to Reuters, 275 companies have already applied for the grants.