United Airlines warned 36,000 employees Wednesday that they could be furloughed in October.
On the agenda: concerns around checking passengers' temperatures and contact tracing.
The last thing airlines want is for customers who fly business class to opt for rival carriers.
Delta's CEO said it could be three years before the company sees a sustainable recovery.
The government has started aid payments to airlines, but it will only keep them going for so long.
The deal comes with strings attached: For one thing, 30% of the money is going to have to be paid back.
The government is making $50 billion available in loans and grants.
Cases of the disease have been reported in a handful of air traffic control sites around the U.S.
The big U.S. airlines spent almost all of their free cash flow buying back their own shares in the last decade. Now they want government aid.
IATA, which speaks for airlines, wants them to be released from minimum airport usage requirements.